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.
Genre-bending experimental artist Beck scored the prize for Best Alternative Music Album.
Tori Kelly, who debuted on the music scene as a pop singer, won two awards for her first gospel album.
But this year, Monae is looking forward to the show, where women are now leading in nominations for big categories like album of the year and best new artist.
Gaga's initial 2 wins were out of 5 nominations, including for both Record and Song of the Year for "Shallow", which she performed with co-star Bradley Cooper.
Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. "This is a moment for women to love on each other and let each other know", she added.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.
Ariana Grande also won her first Grammy in the same week that she publicly blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show. Other performers include Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Dan + Shay.
What will the final speech from Neil Portnow - who caused more than a little consternation past year when he said women needed to "step up" in order to secure broader inclusion - contain?
Hopes that women would get their due comes after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them previous year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys. Ehrlich told The New York Times in an article also published on Thursday that the rappers had also declined his invitations to perform at the show. "I hope you do, dad". 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 am such a misfit", Carlile said, speaking about the difficulties of coming out as a lesbian in her teen years and never attending school dances. 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. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute. 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.