A few of our favorite artists turned down performing at The Grammys this year.
Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated for eight Grammys, turned down the offer to perform at the event. Drake, who is nominated for seven awards wasn’t feeling The Grammys this year either. Childish Gambino, nominated for ‘Record of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ also declined to perform.
Grammy’s Producer, Ken Ehrlich, told The New York Times, there’s a continued problem between The Grammys and hip-hop artists. “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,” Ehrlich, told The Times.
The Grammys has received criticism for the show’s lack of diversity and appreciation for hip-hop music. Last year, fans were stunned when Jay-Z was nominated for several Grammys and didn’t win any.
Ariana Grande who released an album in August only received two nominations.
The major performers of the night will include H.E.R. and Janelle Monae. Alicia Keys, a multi-Grammy award winner, will host the event.
The Grammys will broadcast live from The Staples Center on Sunday and air on CBS at 8 pm EST time.