Best new artist Alessia Cara was the only woman to receive her own award during the telecast, and Lorde, the sole woman to earn an album of the year nomination, was not invited to perform her own music.
Before this year, Carlile's only other nomination as an artist came in 2016 when her previous record, "The Firewatcher's Daughter", was up for best Americana album.
It's been an exceptionally tiring few months for the entertainment world, between fervent backlash to the Super Bowl halftime show lineup and the hullabaloo over who would host the Oscars (no one), how many nominations polarising films Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody would receive (five each), how many original song nominees would be performing live (all of them, apparently thanks to Lady Gaga) and, well. we could go on.
They are both up for album of the year, alongside Cardi B, H.E.R., Post Malone and Janelle Monae.
Carlile won three honors in the Americana category and will compete for the three biggest awards during the live show: album, song and record of the year. The singer-songwriter is nominated for six awards at the 2019 Grammys, making her the most nominated female artist and the third most nominated artist behind Kendrick Lamar and Drake.
"This is live television and things happen up until the minute the shows starts", said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards. As far as performers go, fans of Ariana Grande might be disappointed to learn that she dropped out of the ceremony. She said: "I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy". Head up to the gallery above to see all the glamorous celebrity arrivals at this year's Grammys!
"I know i'm not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things. but (expletive). this is wild and lovely. thank you so much", she tweeted after learning about her win. He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.
"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.
When she returned onstage for her second win, she was in shock. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.
Grande, who pulled out of a planned performance at the ceremony, received best pop album for Sweetener - her first ever Grammy Award.
On Sunday, 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will emcee music's biggest night, while Cardi B, Camila Cabello, and Shawn Mendes take the stage. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute.