TIME FOR STARS TO SHINE
CAN a Pulitzer Prize winner trump an Oscar awards favourite? That’s just one of the key battles set to play out at this year’s Grammy awards and shows the influence and reach of the current crop of musicians to be given a nod for their artistic talents. Kendrick Lamar (above), who scored the music Pulitzer for his 2018 album, Damn, leads the field of Grammy nominations, with eight nods including his BlackPanther hit, AllThe Stars. He’ll go head-to-head with Lady Gaga (and six other artists), in the song of the year category with her movie anthem, Shallow from AStarIsBorn, awards, when he thought Beyoncé should have beaten Taylor Swift to the trophy? Depending on his mood, or the moon, who can tell? Keeping it classy, Alicia Keys will host today’s ceremony (replacing two-time host James Corden), live from LA’s Staples Centre, with Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monae headlining the performance bill. Expected to bring their expertise to the red carpet will be ruby rug regulars, Keith Urban (who is nominated for best solo country performance for ParallelLines) and wife, Nicole Kidman.