Even Grammy darling Taylor Swift, whose Reputation is only nominated for best pop vocal album, likely will miss the ceremony because she's in London filming Cats, the ideal icing on this big, dumb cake. All three rappers are nominated for several of the evening's biggest awards, though it's unclear whether they'll even attend the show.
What to expect: One person who won't be in attendance of the show is Ariana Grande, who reportedly had a dispute with show producers over what she should perform. The Soweto Gospel Choir has received five Grammy nominations and won two over the last couple of years.
South Africans will be happy to know that The Soweto Gospel Choir has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award.
"I don't think you can say anyone is a front-runner", said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor of Billboard magazine.
The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints that the Grammys are not an even playing field for minority and women artists. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".
Grande responded to the statements on Twitter saying, "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more". Nominations wise, Kendrick Lamar leads the way with eight, followed by Drake with seven and Boi-ida and Brandi Carlile with six apiece.
"It's about collaboration. It's about feeling supported".
Despite seemingly never caring if the right nominees go home with trophies, the Grammys care deeply about winning their own race to the bottom of the awards show barrel. Lamar has been snubbed for album of the year in 2018, 2016, and 2014 by Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Daft Punk, respectively (not to mention losing best rap album to Macklemore in 2014).
Others set to perform Sunday include 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. In what is sure to be a Grammy moment to remember, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.
Monae was also joined by songwriter Linda Perry, the first women nominated for non-classical producer of the year in 15 years and rapper-singer Tierra Whack, who scored a nomination for best music video for her "Mumbo Jumbo". "And I am not hung up on what happens or doesn't happen", she said.