"I feel so blessed to be able to be coming now, just in support of so many awesome people that are honored - especially so many women that are honored - and are going be celebrated that night", Keys told Entertainment Tonight of her opportunity to host. The Recording Academy has expanded the number of nominees in the most competitive categories from five to eight, with powerful female voices earning the majority of nominations in some of those including record and album of the year. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!
The award ceremony is already showing every sign of being a stellar night as artists such as Janelle Monáe, Post Malone, and Miley Cyrus are expected to perform.
"Congratulations", he said. "But you could have waited till I got dressed".
A TV commercial cut off Drake's acceptance speech for best rap song ("God's Plan"), which is too bad, because he actually was in the midst of making a good point about awards shows: "We play an opinion based sport, not a factual based sport.you already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if they're singing in your hometown".
"A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the flawless choice as host for our show", said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy. This is a category that often confuses audiences with the eligibility rules especially with the 2018 victor being Alessia Cara, an artist who released her debut album in 2015.
Keys is a modern-day Renaissance woman-a 15-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer/ songwriter/ musician/ producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, a film/ television and Broadway producer, an entrepreneur, and a powerful force in the world of activism. She's yearning for a Grammy because it will give her a "stamp of approval". She had two songs ("I Like It" and "Girls Like You" with Maroon 5) top the Billboard Hot 100 and her album "Invasion of Privacy" debuted atop the Billboard 200.
The music industry's biggest night is on Sunday, when the Grammys honors music's brightest stars at the Staples Center.
Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and Travis Scott are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night.