LOS ANGELES (AP) – â€œA Star Is Bornâ€ is having a rebirth at the 2020 Grammys: After winning two honors at last yearâ€™s show, the top-selling soundtrack won Lady Gaga two more awards Sunday.
The album won best compilation soundtrack for visual media, giving Bradley Cooper his second Grammy. The song â€œIâ€™ll Never Love Againâ€ picked up best song written for visual media, awarded to songwriters including Gaga, Natalie Hemby, Hillary Lindsey and Aaron Raitiere.
At the 2019 Grammys, Gaga and Cooper won best pop duo/group performance for â€œShallow,â€ and the Oscar-winning song also won the Grammy for best song written for visual media.
Gaga will compete for one more Grammy – song of the year for â€œIâ€™ll Never Love Againâ€ – which will be presented during the live show.
At a pre-show ceremony, Michelle Obama picked up best spoken world album for â€œBecoming.” Former President Barack Obama has won that same honor twice. And Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus won best music video for â€œOld Town Road,â€ marking the first Grammy win for both performers.
â€œLet me just hold it,â€ Lil Nas X said, looking at the gramophone. â€œUm. Thank you.â€
Others who won ahead of the telecast included Billie Eilishâ€™s older brother Finneas, who picked up best engineered album (non-classical) for his work on his sisterâ€™s debut album. Composer Hildur GuÃ°nadÃ³ttir won best score soundtrack for visual media for â€œChernobyl.â€ GuÃ°nadÃ³ttir won an Emmy last year for composing the TV series and sheâ€™s nominated for an Oscar for her work on â€œJoker.â€
BeyoncÃ© also won an early Grammy: She picked up best music film for her Netflix special â€œHomecoming.â€ It was her 24th Grammy.
New stars like Lizzo and Eilish have a chance at winning the first Grammys of their career, but a cloud loomed over this year’s awards.
Ten days before arguably the biggest night in music, the industry erupted when the Recording Academy announced it had put its recently hired CEO, Deborah Dugan, on administrative leave for misconduct. Dugan and her lawyers fired back at the academy, claiming that the awards show is rigged.
Tarriona â€œTankâ€ Ball of the New Orleans soul-funk band Tank and the Bangas, nominated for best new artist, said sheâ€™s not letting the drama ruin the achievement for her band.
â€œI feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be at, and I don’t want anything taking away from all the nominees,â€ Ball said. â€œThis is our moment. This is our time.â€
Alicia Keys is hosting the Grammys, which air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles starting at 8 p.m. Eastern. The show will be jam-packed with performances, including Ariana Grande, BTS, Camila Cabello, Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, DJ Khaled, Rosalia, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Tyler, the Creator, Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Cyndi Lauper.
The show will also include special tributes to Prince and Nipsey Hussle, who is posthumously nominated for three awards, as well as longtime Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who is wrapping up his career with the show Sunday.
Lizzo, the top nominee competing for eight awards, will also perform.
Her major-label debut, â€œCuz I Love You,â€ is nominated for album of the year along with projects from Grande, Lana Del Rey, Vampire Weekend, H.E.R., Bon Iver, Eilish and Lil Nas X.
Lizzoâ€™s No. 1 hit, â€œTruth Hurts,â€ is also up for song and record of the year. Eilish, who will perform, also scored song and record of the year nods for her No. 1 hit, â€œBad Guy.â€
Other record of the year nominees include Lil Nas Xâ€™s â€œOld Town Road,â€ Grandeâ€™s â€œ7 Rings,â€ Post Malone and Swae Leeâ€™s â€œSunflower,â€ H.E.R.â€™s â€œHard Place,â€ Bon Iverâ€™s â€œHey, Maâ€ and Khalidâ€™s â€œTalk.â€
Taylor Swift was shut out of album and record of the year, but she did score a nod for song of the year – a songwriterâ€™s award. Her tune â€œLoverâ€ is nominated against â€œTruth Hurts,â€ â€œBad Guy,â€ â€œHard Place,â€ Lady Gagaâ€™s â€œAlways Remember Us This Wayâ€ from â€œA Star Is Born,â€ Lewis Capaldiâ€™s â€œSomeone You Loved,â€ Lana Del Reyâ€™s â€œNorman (Expletive) Rockwellâ€ and Tanya Tuckerâ€™s â€œBring My Flowers Now,â€ which was co-written by Brandi Carlile.
The Grammys will hand out roughly 10 awards during the live show. Most of the 84 awards are given out before the live show. Presenters this year include Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Billy Porter, Trevor Noah, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Cynthia Erivo, Ava DuVernay, Shania Twain and Common.
AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report.