Music's biggest night will feature some of music's biggest performers taking the stage

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January 17, 2019 12:05 PM

Music’s biggest night will feature a diverse set of performers taking the stage.

The Recording Academy announced on Thursday the first set of artists who will perform on the 61st annual Grammy Awards, set to take place Feb. 10 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Among the crop are Cardi B, Post Malone, Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay, and Janelle Monáe, as well as Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello — both of whom will make their Grammy performance debut.

Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone
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All are nominated this year. Cardi leads the pack with five nominations, including the coveted album of the year and record of the year title. Malone and Musgraves, a two-time Grammy winner, are right behind her with four nominations each, one of which is for album of the year.

Cabello, a former Fifth Harmony member, is up for two awards: best pop solo performances (“Havana”) and best pop vocal album. Mendes is also up for two (song of the year and best pop vocal album), as is Monáe — who will go up against Cardi, Malone and Musgraves in the album of the year category.

Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes, and Janelle Monáe
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The show will be hosted by 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.

“I’m soooo EXCITED,” Keys, 37, said in her announcement on YouTube Tuesday. “There’s so much in store and I CAN’T WAIT for y’all to see it ALL come to life.”

“I know what it feels like to be on that stage and I know what it feels like to be proud of the work that you’ve put in, and to be recognized for it. And I just feel grateful that I’m able to bring that light and that energy,” she said in a video. “This is a first. It’s a first. It’s amazing. And I think it’s perfect timing. Honestly, I’m really excited. I feel really good about it, because I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity to give the light back [and] to lift people up, especially all the young women who are nominated. To me, it feels like sister vibes.”

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The nominees for the 2019 Grammys were announced back in December.

While Kendrick Lamar had the most (a total of eight nominations), this year’s crop of nominees features a strong female showing, with five of the eight 2019 album of the year nominees for 2019 by women.

Camilla Cabello
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It was also a big year for music in film as the soundtrack for Black Panther scored an album of the year nomination and Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” from A Star Is Born received four nominations, including record and song of the year. (Gaga scored five nominations herself.)

Notably, there are two artists who have been nominated posthumously this year — late rapper Mac Miller and rocker Chris Cornell.

Kendrick Lamar
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To be eligible for the 2019 Grammys, artists’ material must have been released between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.

And this year, the Academy is switching things up when it comes to “the big four” categories. Rather than nominating five artists or bodies of work as in years past, there will be eight nominees in the categories of best new artist, song of the year, record of the year and album of the year.

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