Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

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Drake accepted his Grammy Award for Best Rap Song by essentially telling the audience at home that awards do not matter, particularly in an opinion-based industry.

As fans know all too well and are very proud, BTS was at the Grammys this year, not only to present an award but also because their Love Yourself: Tear album, and its art director, HuskyFox, got nominated for the Best Recording Package.

The lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.

Carlile is the most nominated woman with six nominations, including bids for song and record of the year with "The Joke".

But, if and when you hear her name tonight, in the context of nominees or as the victor, now you know a little more about who she is.

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In the pre-gala ceremony in Los Angeles, at which most of the more than 80 prizes are handed out, folk rocker Carlile - this year's most nominated woman - won her first 3 Grammys ever, in the Americana and American Roots categories. The K-Pop group even confessed that they stayed up the entire night before the big event to work on new music for the ARMY! Janelle Monae's "Dirty Computer", country singer Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour", Carlile's "By The Way, I Forgive You", newcomer H.E.R's self-titled "H.E.R.", and the "Black Panther" movie soundtrack round out contenders for album of the year, which will be announced at the end of the three and 1/2 hour telecast on CBS.

"His voice was his vision and his music was his peace", his daughter Toni said while accepting the trophy along with her brother. The British star is up for best new artist later in the show.

An absent Ariana Grande, who pulled out of the Grammys show last week after a dispute with producers, won her first Grammy best pop vocal album for Sweetener.

She vowed this year's performances would be the "sickest" yet, with icons like Parton and disco diva Diana Ross also set to take the stage.

When asked about the lack of women in the top categories at the 2018 Grammys, Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow said women need to "step up". He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember. "Thank you for my family", she said.

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