Alicia Keys says Grammys will be about the ‘power of music’

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Speaking on Thursday, Keys hinted that the ceremony "will be about the celebration and the power of music".

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy", Keys said in January when the Recording Academy tapped her as host.

This will be Alicia Keys' first time hosting the ceremony - which is returning to the West Coast this year - but it won't be her first time on the Grammy stage. And while the Recording Academy has made a concerted effort over the past year to be more inclusive and make sure more women were in the top categories and onstage Sunday night, women behind the scenes in music remain outnumbered. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!

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The multiple award victor was all smiles as she was joined by Grammys CEO Neil Portnow, show producer Ken Ehrlich and others for a toast at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the prestigious ceremony is scheduled to take place this Sunday, February 10. "Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond".

It is also nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year, and this year's host Alicia Keys has now given her own take on the song. The video shows her breaking the news to her family, including her husband Swizz Beatz, a Grammy victor in his own right, whom she appears to have awakened. "Maybe you could give me some advice", she sweetly replies. However, rapper Kendrick Lamar, with eight nominations, still goes into the night as the artist with the most nods. Producer Boi-1da and Americana singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile earned six nods each, while Morris, Cardi B, Childish Gambino, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, producer Sounwave and mastering engineer Mike Bozzi garnered five nominations apiece. Also, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy victor St. Vincent. Album-of-the-year nominees include Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders include H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.

Additionally, J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval will join Cabello for the show's opening, while Fantasia, Yolanda Adams and Andra Day will pay homage to the late Aretha Franklin.

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