Friday, 22 February, 2019

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

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Herman Weaver | 10 February, 2019, 23:56

All three rappers are nominated for several of the evening's biggest awards, though it's unclear whether they'll even attend the show.

A full list of categories and nominees can be found here.

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

The City of Angels welcomes the 61st Annual Grammy Awards back this year to Staples Center, after 2018's ceremony took place in New York City. The Soweto Gospel Choir has received five Grammy nominations and won two over the last couple of years. Women also have a strong presence in those top categories, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai.

Additionally, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with St. Vincent.

"This isn't a trend, this is a fleeting moment, this is a critical time in our history - a turning point where the only way out is going forward", Monae said.

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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.

The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints that the Grammys are not an even playing field for minority and women artists. 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.

What to expect: One person who won't be in attendance of the show is Ariana Grande, who reportedly had a dispute with show producers over what she should perform.

"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me". She responded on Twitter and said she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken". "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". "I support her and I support her decision", she added. The nominations are dominated by Drake and Kendrick Lamar, with eight and seven nods, respectively. Taylor Swift, who was snubbed and one scored one nomination, also won't be at the show.

As for other ways to watch the Grammys, you can also tune into American network CBS. A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute. Regardless, the performers are Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Dolly Parton, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug, Chloe x Halle, Mark Ronson and Dan + Shay. Legendary singer Diana Ross will also perform to celebrate her 75th birthday and musical achievements. I am just grateful, I think. "Grammy voters are less concerned with commercial success and more concerned with the work as a whole", she said.

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