Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances
Feb 10 2019
It's been an exceptionally tiring few months for the entertainment world, between fervent backlash to the Super Bowl halftime show lineup and the hullabaloo over who would host the Oscars (no one), how many nominations polarizing films Green Book and Bohemian Rhapsody would receive (five each), how many original song nominees would be performing live (all of them, apparently thanks to Lady Gaga) and, well. we could go on. The Canada native declined to perform as well.
In a 2017 interview, he expressed frustration with the awards for putting him in a box. "If there's a little girl waiting up late to see me sing on the Grammys, then I'm happy I'm here". "I'm apparently a rapper, even though "Hotline Bling" is not a rap song", he told BBC 1xtra's DJ Semtex.
Cardi B., Brandi Carlile, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone will also compete for Album of the Year, alongside H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monáe. "I can't figure out why".
His reps declined to comment on why the star didn't want to grace this year's stage, despite doing so last year.
Ehrlich told The New York Times he offered rappers Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino possible performance slots on Sunday night's show and was rebuffed. Childish Gambino himself received four nominations, however, there are now nod details if any of the three will be in attendance at all.
The industry's annual gala draws eye rolls every year from critics who say the winners are too white and too male, but for the second consecutive year black hip-hop artists dominated the nominations across the board. "When they don't take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".
Initially, Ehrlich said that the reason that Grande wasn't performing was due to a time constraint.
Ariana Grande also pulled out after clashing with producers over which song to perform. She's a great artist. Grande was quick to refute this account on Twitter, her chosen medium for handling such matters.
"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me".
"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy", Keys said in January when the Recording Academy tapped her as host. "It was when my creativity [and] self-expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend".