Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Drake, Kendrick Lamar And Childish Gambino Decline Grammy Performance

Drake, Kendrick Lamar And Childish Gambino Decline Grammy Performance

Keys first topped the Billboard 200 back in 2001 with her debut album, "Songs in A Minor".

Songstress Alicia Keys is set to host Sunday's ceremony - the first woman to do so in 14 years.

At a pre-Grammy brunch honoring Janelle Monae, a few hundred music industry players and performers packed tightly in a room to hear the singer speak passionately about women being the backbone of the music industry and dominating in nominations at Sunday's show.

But despite Keys' optimism, the show has been besieged by controversy in recent days.

We earlier reported that pop sensation, Ariana Grande will not be attending or performing at the 2019 Grammy awards slated to hold on February 10 in Los Angeles. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

It appears she is not alone in her decision to decline a performance at the prestigious event because the trio of 0f Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino have all declined to perform as well.

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The 61st Grammy Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.

Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Grammy victor Lady Gaga, Grammy victor Mark Ronson and Grammy nominee Travis Scott are set to perform Sunday.

A performance honouring the legacy of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is also expected.

South Africans will be happy to know that The Soweto Gospel Choir has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award. Expect to see Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, Charlie Wilson, Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz, Meghan Trainor, Kane Brown, BTS, Cedric the Entertainer, Nina Dobrev, Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Wilmer Valderrama take the stage to present the night's awards.

That's according to Ken Ehrlich, the show's longtime producer.

Drake and Lamar are both nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year. Women, from Lady Gaga to SZA to Maren Morris, make up many the nominations in song and record of the year. Taylor Swift, who is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, is also expected to skip the show.

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