Drake, Kendrick Lamar, & Childish Gambino Decline to Perform at Grammys

Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino reportedly declined to perform Sunday night

"This is going to be a special Grammys". "The difficulties that our voters have every year is that there are so many excellent recordings, and I think this year that number increased even more".

R&B singer Alicia Keys hosts a female-flavored Grammy Awards show on Sunday featuring performances by Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton, but which risks being overshadowed by the absence of some of music's most influential stars. "This is a moment for women to love on each other and let each other know", she added.

United States singer-songwriter and 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year Dolly Parton accepts her award onstage at the 2019 MusiCares Person Of The Year gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles on February 8, 2019. Also teaming up for performances throughout the night are St. Vincent and Dua Lipa as well as Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga. It's great that the Academy nominated Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, and Brandi Carlile-who is openly gay-for album of the year.

"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".

Ironically, in their quest to preserve some fabled bastion of old, white credibility, the Grammys have alienated numerous artists who are redefining the future of popular music, critically and commercially. 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.


The lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though. Despite being heavily advertised as part of the show, Grande is not performing nor even attending the Sunday ceremony, after she felt producers "insulted" her by asserting too much control over her song choices. "It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

"It's about collaboration. It's about feeling supported".

Grande is nominated for two awards and could miss the chance of giving a speech onstage if she wins.

Kendrick Lamar though winning all five awards in rap categories, lost the Album of the Year award to "Uptown Funk" crooner, Bruno Mars. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and one scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

Do the Grammys also have a race problem? 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.

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