As much as it is about me, it's not just about me. "I have to say, this is a golden age of composing", Kernis said, shouting out his peers in his acceptance speech.
The Grammys have also struggled with gender inequality, an issue that came to its head previous year.
Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as past year the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy.
In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women.
Janelle 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. In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar all earned record of the year nominations for This Is America, God's Plan and All the Stars, respectively.
H.E.R., Chloe x Halle, Margo Price, Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha and Jorja Smith are also up for best new artist. She responded on Twitter and said she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken".More news: AAF QB Mike Bercovici gets helmet knocked off on huge hit
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The lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.
It all began when Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told The Associated Press in an article published Thursday that by the time Grande and those running the show reached the point where a performance felt possible, she decided against it because she felt it was "too late for her to pull something together".
Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London.
Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. Additionally, Jennifer Lopez will take the stage for a Motown tribute, although some have criticized the decision to pick a non-black singer for the performance - especially during Black History Month - when artists like Ross, Stevie Wonder or Gladys Knight could have been chosen.
"When they don't take home the big prize", he said, "the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".
We couldn't be more excited to see what the 15-time Grammy victor does with this year's show - and we know she's pretty psyched about it too! Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day will honor the late Aretha Franklin with a performance.