Grammys host Alicia Keys previewed the present Thursday by rolling out the purple carpet and dancing whereas Trombone Shorty performed funk music with bandmates.
Keys was all smiles as she joined Grammys CEO Neil Portnow, present producer Ken Ehrlich and others for a toast on the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the place the 61st Grammys will happen Sunday.
The piano-playing singer stated the ceremony “shall be in regards to the celebration and the facility of music.”
“There’s a way of group that I wish to carry to the stage,” Keys stated. “So many instances you come to those issues as an artist and also you’re juggling so many issues and there’s a lot stress on you. I’d love to make sure the peace and the nice power within the room in order that our shoulders can all drop and we are able to really feel the true blessing of getting music as a common language.”
Keys has gained 15 Grammys all through her profession and is internet hosting the present for the primary time. LL Cool J was the longtime host till James Corden took over in 2017 and 2018.
“We’re all very excited, and the power you’re going to really feel is way completely different than something you’ve ever felt,” she stated.
Women have a bigger presence at this 12 months’s Grammys after being practically muted on the 2018 present. Female voices symbolize the bulk in two of the highest classes. Album-of-the-year nominees embrace Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Brandi Carlile and Cardi B. Best-new-artist contenders embrace H.E.R., Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Chloe x Halle and Jorja Smith.
Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai additionally scored nominations in large classes akin to track or report of the 12 months.
“Celebrating so many wonderful nominees, notably girls nominees … is so extremely magnificent and so many are my pals,” Keys stated.