Logic dictates that when you repeatedly shut out the most qualified artists in the biggest genre in the United States, eventually those artists will stop appearing on your show.
"I don't think you can say anyone is a front-runner", said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor of Billboard magazine.
"As you go on that red carpet, as you take the stage, as you are with your teams and you're dealing with that anxiety and that pressure and you're feeling like you're falling into competition with your fellow women and sisters, know that that's not what this is about".
The 61st Grammy Awards will be broadcast from The Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California. Viewers can also watch the event online by tuning into CBS All Access, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV for the live streaming. E!'s red carpet pre-show will begin at 6/5c.
South Africans will be happy to know that The Soweto Gospel Choir has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award. Additionally, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy victor St. Vincent. Despite being heavily advertised as part of the show, Grande is not performing nor even attending the Sunday ceremony, after she felt producers "insulted" her by asserting too much control over her song choices.
This year, Academy voters did pass on nominating perennial favourites like Taylor Swift for the top three prizes of Album, Record and Song of the Year, relegating pop stars who reigned in years prior to lesser categories.
The nominees: Vying for Record of the Year this year are Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin for "I Like It", Brandi Carlile for "The Joke", Childish Gambino for "This is America", Drake for "God's Plan", Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper for "Shallow", Kendrick Lamar & SZA for "All the Stars", Post Malone for "Rock Star" and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey for "The Middle". H.E.R.is also up for Best New Artist against Chloe x Halle, Luke Combs, Greta Van Fleet, Dua Lipa, Margo Price, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith.
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.