"If there is people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don't need this right here, I promise you, you already won".
Along with Best Alternative Album, Colors was also awarded with a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. I wish so much I was there but am at the Grammy's to show them our love as well.
Monae's groundbreaking album, "Dirty Computer", is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show, airing live at 8 p.m. Other artists announced to perform on the broadcast include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Shawn Mendes, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, H.E.R., Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Little Big Town and Ricky Martin.
"This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future", Monae said.
"It was when my creativity & self-expression was stifled by you that i decided not to attend".
The music world will hit the red carpet on Sunday for the Grammys, with a wider selection of nominees - led by hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women - up for the top prizes.
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and Kendrick Lamar have won early Grammy awards as the ceremony gets underway in LA.
Lady Gaga's hit song "Shallow" from the movie "A Star is Born" won two Grammys, while the musician-turned actress took a third Grammy home for her "Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Going)", which won for pop solo performance. "Thank you for my family", she said.
"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.
Carlile told the AP she stands behind Grande's "decision to stand up for herself and her art".
"I'm not gonna be able to wear any makeup tonight", she tweeted.
Grande is nominated for two awards and could miss the chance of giving a speech onstage if she wins. A study released by the University of Southern California's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative days before the ceremony found that of the 899 individuals who had been nominated for the previous six shows, 90.7 percent were men.
Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez.
Songstress Alicia Keys, a 15-time Grammy victor, is set to host Sunday´s ceremony - the first woman to do so in 14 years. There will be awkward moments, but a planned tribute to Aretha Franklin, which will be performed by Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and Andra Day, had better be one to remember.