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

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances

Ariana Grande, with two nominations in the pop field, pulled out of the show late last week after a dispute with producers over which songs she would perform.

Some viewers may tune into music's biggest night, which airs live on CBS on Sunday, to see who's missing rather than who's there.

In addition to Grande, Ehrlich reported Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino turned down invitations to appear during the Grammys on account of the show's history of ignoring hip-hop artists.

This year, Academy voters did pass on nominating perennial favourites like Taylor Swift for the top three prizes of Album, Record and Song of the Year, relegating pop stars who reigned in years prior to lesser categories.

Drake, Lamar, and Gambino's refusal to perform on Sunday is understandable given the Grammys' historically tumultuous relationship with hip-hop.

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The event is expected to be one of the biggest musical nights of the year with an impressive lineup of performances. Last year, Jay-Z famously went 0-for-8, immortalizing his frustration in his and Beyoncé's "Apeshit". We already know what's going to happen at the Grammys (awards will be handed out, and artists will perform), but the hint of unpredictability at the red carpet drives some people wild. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

The main performers for this year includes Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Chloe x Halle and Travis Scott. That's all wonderful. The problem is, the Grammys are still making bad decisions.

"As you go on that red carpet, as you take the stage, as you are with your teams and you're dealing with that anxiety and that pressure and you're feeling like you're falling into competition with your fellow women and sisters, know that that's not what this is about". "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".

For more early content, the Recording Academy has a pre-show starting at 5 p.m. on the Grammys Facebook page (you can also watch on the CBS Facebook page or, hosted by "ET Live's" Cassie DiLaura and Dana Blair. Until then, the Grammys will be stuck in a nasty feedback loop in which they snub the industry's biggest artists, those artists then disavow the show, and all of Twitter sneers about how pitiful this show perennially is. They'll do it by critically examining their biases against hip-hop (and music not made by white men in general) and putting a stop to such willfully thoughtless programming as having Lopez represent the entire Motown genre.

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