Kendrick's Black Panther soundtrack has the most nominations for the evening at eight, with Drake right behind him at seven. This year, 15 women are nominated in the big four categories, including Gaga, Chloe x Halle, Carlile, Janelle Monae, and Cardi B.
In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women.
For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins.
That show sparked a major backlash - even retro-funk star Bruno Mars's surprise sweep in the top categories was divisive, as it was seen as somewhat out of touch with the more groundbreaking work on offer.
Miley Cyrus helped honor her longtime idol and friend Dolly Parton at the Recording Academy and Musicares "Person of the Year" event. There's allegedly a bit of drama between Grande and The Recording Academy.
As the gala approached, controversy was brewing, with a slate of superstars declining to perform at the Staples Centre. He won't be performing on the telecast (alongside acts such as Ariana Grande, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar), but he is hitting the pre-ceremony party circuit.
"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world", Ehrlich said.
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Audra Mae, a Putnam City High School graduate, co-wrote songs tied into three Grammy nods: "Fall in Line", by Christina Aguilera featuring Demi Lovato, nominated for Best Pop Duo / Group Performance; "Didn't I", a track from Kelly Clarkson's "Meaning of Life", nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album; and "Church", a track from Fall Out Boy's "M A N I A", nominated for Best Rock Album.
Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as previous year the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy. "I relax more ... when I know that I am supported by other women ... and I feel like I can do anything".
"We can blame men, and we can blame the industry and we can blame commerce, but it has to start with us", the 37-year-old told Variety.
"In a way, then you lose that outsider edge".
"I am referred to as a black artist, like last night at [the Grammys], I'm a black artist..."