Seating placards appear for Grammy nominees Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga for the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Los Angeles. Head up to the gallery above to see all the glamorous celebrity arrivals at this year's Grammys! "I'm just so proud to be involved and to go into the studio with such an incredible talent, including the talent that's out there tonight and thank you guys for giving us this platform".
It looks like the Grammy Awards will be embroiled in drama, yet again.
"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".
"It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more", she continued.More news: Dispute about Nord Stream 2: Moscow warns of obstacles
Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game: "that's not what music is to me", she concluded.
The Grammys' tense relationship with the hip-hop community goes back decades.
Fast forward 30 years, and the Grammys are still accused of mistreating hip-hop and R&B artists, who rarely take home awards in top categories. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.
Unfortunately for United Kingdom music fans, there will be no live broadcast of the Grammy Awards this year.More news: Lagonda All-Terrain concept will debut at Geneva motor show
The Grammys have also struggled with gender inequality, an issue that came to its head previous year.
Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London. Best new artist Alessia Cara was the only woman to receive her own award during the telecast, and Lorde, the sole woman to earn an album of the year nomination, was not invited to perform her own music.
Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them past year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. Women artistes are leading the nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist.
The red-carpet, followed by the full event, can be watched live on Grammy's official website as well as on the CBS website. 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.More news: Ocado warehouse fire: Walworth Business Park evacuated in Andover
Others set to perform Sunday included Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone and Chloe x Halle.