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Women front and center at Grammy Awards

(KRON/AP) - All eyes will be on the music industry tonight for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.

This year, women artists are front and center in all the big Grammy categories. 

Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monae are all nominated for 'Best Album of the Year.'

Monae remembers being frustrated at last year’s Grammy Awards, where male acts dominated in nominations and the only woman competing for the night’s top award, Lorde, didn’t get a chance to perform onstage.

But this year, Monae is looking forward to the show.

“This is going to be a special Grammys. As much as it is about me, it’s not just about me. Just knowing that so many women are nominated this year, looking back from last year to this year when I was on the stage at the Grammys, you could see that I was frustrated about the opportunities and about our visibility as women,” said Monae, who gave powerful speech last year ahead of Kesha’s emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women’s rights.

“Yes, we have so much more work to do, but this is a moment to be celebrated. This is a moment for women to love on each other and let each other know,” she added.

Other nominations include Maren Morris and Lady Gaga. Special Honors will go to Dolly Parton and Aretha Franklin. 

15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys is hosting tonight's ceremony. 

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