Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga win multiple Grammys; Grande wins 1st

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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.

Pop royalty Gaga meanwhile won an award in the visual media group for her heart-pounding hit "Shallow" of the blockbuster film "A Star Is Born", and another for best pop solo performance for "Joanne". "Just knowing that so many women are nominated this year, looking back from last year to this year when I was on the stage at the Grammys, you could see that I was frustrated about the opportunities and about our visibility as women", said Monae, who gave powerful speech last year ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights. "I am such a misfit", she said.

The track will compete for more Grammys, including song of the year, record of the year and best pop duo/group performance, where Bradley Cooper is a nominee. "Thank you for being my island", she said.

The Staples Center in downtown L.A. played host to some wild fashion moments from the biggest names in music on Sunday, February 10.

The lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.

Women have a strong presence in the top categories.

Her six nominations are for Record of the Year ("The Joke"), Album of the Year (By the Way, I Forgive You), Song of the Year ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Performance ("The Joke"), Best American Roots Song ("The Joke") and Best Americana Album (By the Way, I Forgive You).

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When asked soon after the show about the lack of female winners, academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" - now-infamous words that instantly drew outrage, and which he said were taken out of context.

But, if and when you hear her name tonight, in the context of nominees or as the victor, now you know a little more about who she is. "I support her and I support her decision", she added.

When she returned onstage for her second win, she was in shock. Other big stars also declined to attend, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards.

Jada Pinkett Smith and Jennifer Lopez also spoke and stood in solidary with Obama, Gaga and Alicia Keys, who is hosting the show airing on CBS.

"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".

The show will be hosted this year by 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys.

There will also be a tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died last August.

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