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Grammys 2019: Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Drake emerge early winners
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Grammys 2019: Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Drake emerge early winners

Grammys 2019 (Clockwise) Lady Gaga, Drake, Brandi Carlile, and Kacey Musgraves

Lady Gaga, the Black Panther soundtrack, and folk singer Brandi Carlile took home early Grammy awards on Sunday ahead of a female-flavored telecast hosted by R&B singer Alicia Keys.

Gaga's hit song 'Shallow' from the movie A Star is Born took the Grammy for best song written for visual media, while her "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Going)" won for pop solo performance.

Gaga, who is to perform later on Sunday, said on Twitter she was "in tears with honor and gratitude."

"I'm not gonna be able to wear any makeup tonight," she tweeted.

Carlile, 37, took home three early trophies, two for her Americana music single "The Joke" and another for her album By the Way, I Forgive You.

An absent Ariana Grande, who pulled out of the Grammys show last week after a dispute with producers, won her first Grammy best pop vocal album for Sweetener.

The soundtrack for superhero movie Black Panther took best score for visual media, while Childish Gambino's searing "This is America," about police brutality and racism, won the best music video trophy.

Gambino, the alter ego of actor Donald Glover, was one of several influential stars who were no shows at the biggest night in music.

Leading nominees Kendrick Lamar, who produced the Black Panther soundtrack, and Canadian rapper Drake's will also be absent in what is seen as a snub by the three rappers of an awards show that has often shut hip-hop artists out of its top prizes, despite rap's dominance as the biggest music genre in the United States.

Cardi B, who will perform later on Sunday, could break that trend and take home not only her first ever Grammy but potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her Invasion of Privacy.

Only two albums by hip-hop artists have ever won the album of the year Grammy - Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in 1999, and Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below in 2004

Rappers Post Malone ("Beerbongs & Bentleys") and Drake's best-seller Scorpion are also vying for the top prize. Janelle Monae's Dirty Computer, country singer Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Carlile's By The Way, I Forgive You, newcomer H.E.R's self-titled H.E.R., and the Black Panther soundtrack round out contenders for album of the year.

Grammy organizers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.

Sunday's show will include performances by Diana Ross, Miley Cyrus, Post Malone, Dolly Parton, Janelle Monae, Shawn Mendes, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin and Red Hot Chili Peppers. There will also be a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last August.

List of winners - 

Song of the year

"This is America" - Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters

Best Pop Solo 

"Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?)" - Lady Gaga

Best pop duo  

"Shallow" - Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born 

Best Traditional Pop Album 

My Way - Willie Nelson

Best Pop Vocal Album

Sweetener - Ariana Grande

Best Dance Recording - 

"Electricity" - Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson

Best EDM Album 

Woman Worldwide - Justice

Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

Steve Gadd Band - Steve Gadd Band

Best Rock Solo

"When Bad Does Good," - Chris Cornell 

Best Metal Performance

"Electric Messiah" - High On Fire

Best Rock Song

"Masseduction" - Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark aka (St Vincent)

Best Rock Album 

From the Fires - Greta Van Fleet

Best Alternative Music Album

Colors - Beck

Best R&B Performance

"Best Part" - H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar 

Best Traditional R&B Performance - A tie

"Bet Ain't Worth The Hand" by Leon Bridges  and "How Deep Is Your Love" by PJ Morton Featuring Yebba

Best R&B Song

"Boo'd Up" - Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane

Best Urban Contemporary Album

Everything Is Love - The Carters

Best Rap Performance - A tie

"Bubblin" by Anderson .Paak and "King's Dead" by Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake

Best Rap/Sung Performance

"This is America" - Childish Gambino 

Best Rap Song

"God's Plan" - Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters(Drake)

Best Country Solo Performance

"Butterflies" - Kacey Musgraves 

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

"Tequila" - Dan + Shay

Best Country Song

"Space Cowboy" - Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves

Best Country Album

Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves

Best New Age Album

Opium Moon