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Rap artists and women take center stage at Grammy Awards

Feb. 11, 2019 12:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took center stage. Childish Gambino's disturbing look at race relations, "This is America," won record and song of the year on Sunday's telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song...

Female acts, rap songs win big at the Grammy Awards

Feb. 11, 2019 2:30 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Women and rap triumphed at the Grammys on Sunday as female acts took home top prizes including album of the year and best new artist, and Childish Gambino made history when his hit "This Is America" became the first rap-based track to win record and song of the year. Kacey Musgraves'...

Grammy weekend kicks off with honor for Dolly Parton

Feb. 9, 2019 5:37 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nobody pokes more fun at Dolly Parton — all hair, sequins, nine-inch nails and five-inch stilettos — than the country superstar herself. Parton was celebrated for her musical achievements and philanthropic work as MusiCares Person of the Year on Friday night. She's the...

Alicia Keys says Grammys will be about the 'power of music'

Feb. 7, 2019 6:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammys host Alicia Keys previewed the show Thursday by rolling out the red carpet and dancing while Trombone Shorty played funk music with bandmates. Keys was all smiles as she joined Grammys CEO Neil Portnow, show producer Ken Ehrlich and others for a toast at the Staples Center in Los...

More Grammy nominees makes winning a greater challenge

Feb. 4, 2019 3:05 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When the Grammys added more nominees to its top four categories, the Recording Academy said the expansion from five to eight nominees would add more "flexibility" for voters. But for those artists competing for the night's biggest awards, the change made it a little harder for any...

Grammys launch initiative aiding women producers, engineers

Feb. 1, 2019 12:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Recording Academy's Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is launching a new initiative to create and expand more opportunities to female music producers and engineers. The academy on Friday announced the Producer & Engineer Inclusion Initiative, which asks that musicians, record...

Outtakes: Linda Perry on Neil Portnow, Adele and 'Beautiful'

Jan. 30, 2019 1:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Perry — who is the first woman nominated for non-classical producer of the year at the Grammys in 15 years — discusses Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow's "step up" comments and producing for Adele and Christina Aguilera in outtakes from a recent interview with The...