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What to expect; 61st annual Grammy Awards

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What to expect; 61st annual Grammy Awards

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Cassidy Brackett, Staff Writer

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The 61st annual Grammy Awards premiers on Sunday, Feb. 10, and will be hosted by multi-grammy winner Alicia Keys.  

David Gilbert is a writer and historian from Asheville, North Carolina who is nominated for his first Grammy. His book “The Product of Our Souls” has given him the opportunity to bring home an award in the craft and production field for Best Album Notes.

Nominees Shawn Mendes, Cardi B and Dan + Shay will be performing hits throughout the night, and Post Malone will perform alongside Grammy-winning band Red Hot Chili Peppers.

After winning four awards at last year’s Grammys, Kendrick Lamar has eight nominations including song and record of the year, making him the most nominated artist of the year. If he wins all eight, he will be tied with Michael Jackson and Santana for most wins in one night and he will be in 11th place on the rank of males with the most Grammy wins.

Album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best new artist are known as the “Big Four”. In 2018, the number of nominees in the Big Four grew from five to eight in order to be more inclusive in a world with such a diverse music selection, creating more of a challenge for artists.

Cardi B and Brandi Carlile are each nominated for the record, album, and song of the year, three of the Big Four awards. Only seven artists have ever won three of the Big Four in one night, and it was most recently done by Bruno Mars last year at the 60th Grammys.

Although women have been nominated for awards in the General Field categories since the first show in 1959, in 1964, Astrud Gilberto made history as the first female to bring an award home in one of the “Big Four” categories.

Click here for the full list of nominations and don’t forget to tune in for music’s biggest night on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on CBS.

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What to expect; 61st annual Grammy Awards