Drake's "God's Plan" Up For Three Grammy Awards

Brenda Watkins
February 11, 2019

Matt Pike from the fairly underground metal band High On Fire, who likely didn't ever expect to be ascending to the stage during the Grammys, accepted an award for best metal performance behind Electric Messiah.

"The performance is based off of my grandma's childhood, and I have my family in the performance", she said on the red carpet. "LOOK AT HOW NATURAL AND HAPPY THEY ARE I'M SO PROUD #TearItUpBTS" one Twitter user exclaimed in the post. A little later, Gaga was shocked again when her single "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?") won for Best Pop Solo Performance, for which she said she was absolutely shocked.

Her six nominations are for Record of the Year ("The Joke"), Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Song of the Year ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Performance ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Song ("The Joke") and Best Americana Album (By the Way, I Forgive You). I sang that version in one take, & poured my entire life & soul into it. Thank you so much for this gift I am completely shocked.

Childish Gambino, Tori Kelly and Lauren Daigle won two awards each. Drake's "Nice for What" lost to Anderson Paak's "Bubblin'" and Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future and James Blake's "King's Dead" from the "Black Panther" soundtrack.

Lady Gaga - who will be performing tonight without Bradley Cooper, who is in Britain, attending the BAFTAs - won best song written for visual media for, of course, "Shallow" from A Star Is Born.

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.

The music world will hit the red carpet on Sunday for the Grammys, with a wider selection of nominees - led by hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women - up for the top prizes.

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H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist.

Beck was a double victor during the pre-telecast, taking home best alternative music album and best engineered album (non-classical) for "Colors".

Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards.

This year's nominees mark a departure from the 2018 Grammys, where Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow was criticized when he said women need to "step up" when asked about the lack of women in the top categories.

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The night will also honour the careers of legendary artists Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton.

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