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

Not everybody needs to be a part of Music’s Biggest Night.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino is not going to take the stage at Sunday’s Grammys, in line with The New York Times. Despite being nominated for a number of awards, all three acts declined the chance to carry out. It’s unclear if they may attend the present.

Lamar leads with eight nominations this yr, adopted by Drake with seven. Gambino has 5 nominations, together with Record and Song of the Year for “This Is America.”

The Grammys and hip-hop proceed to have a strained relationship. “The reality of the matter is, we proceed to have an issue within the hip-hop world,” mentioned Ken Ehrlich, the present’s longtime producer. “When they don’t take residence the large prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys characterize, continues to be much less significant to the hip-hop group, which is unhappy.”

Ariana Grande additionally pulled out after clashing with producers over which music to carry out. “I’ve saved my mouth shut however now you’re mendacity about me,” Grande tweeted following an Associated Press interview the place Erhlich mentioned that she “felt it was too late for her to drag one thing collectively.”

“I can pull collectively a efficiency over night time and you understand that, Ken,” she added. “It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i made a decision to not attend. i hope the present is precisely what you need it to be and extra.”

Hosted by Alicia Keys, the 61st annual Grammy Awards are set to characteristic performances from Cardi B, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe, H.E.R., and Camila Cabello, in addition to a Motown tribute with Jennifer Lopez.

The present will air dwell from L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday at eight p.m. on CBS.