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Kendrick Lamar Leads This Year's Grammy Awards Nominations

The 61st Grammy Awards are on Sunday, where all of the past year’s best music will be recognized.

Kendrick Lamar leads with eight nominations including Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, for his song "All the Stars," which was featured in the "Black Panther" movie soundtrack.

Drake follows with seven nominations for "God’s Plan," a song and a music video that went viral last year after Drake went around Miami donating the nearly $1 million that was budgeted for the music video.

Like in 2018, a lot of focus will be on female artists. Last year only 17 of the 86 winners were women. This year eyes are on Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves.

Fifteen-time Grammy award-winning artist Alicia Keys will be hosting the award shows, and you can expect performances throughout the night — but a lot of the big names aren't performing. Drake, Childish Gambino, Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar all have announced they won’t be on stage.

One anticipated moment during the event is their tribute to Aretha Franklin, who passed away in August 2018.

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Amanda Luberto was born in California but considers herself a native to the Valley of the Sun. She started as a producer at KJZZ in October 2017, but also interned in the newsroom as a student. She is a proud alumna of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.She has been interested in radio since starting school in 2013. She spent two years as the music director for ASU’s college station, Blaze Radio, and one year as station manager. She spent time as a music programming intern in Washington, D.C., at Sirius XM and as a tech broadcaster for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. Luberto is dedicated and passionate about quality local storytelling and original content broadcasting.Luberto also spent years as the co-founder and chapter leader of Arizona State University’s chapter of I Am That Girl, an international women’s empowerment organization focused on the collaboration of women and building self-love. She believes in the strength of women supporting women.Her favorite podcast episode is This American Life’s “Fermi’s Paradox,” and she highly suggests you listen to it. Off air, you can find Luberto adding to her list of concerts attended, sipping at a local coffee shop or cheering on the Arizona Coyotes.