Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino Denied Grammy Performances

Bessie Dean
February 11, 2019

R&B singer Alicia Keys hosts a female-flavored Grammy Awards show on Sunday featuring performances by Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton, but which risks being overshadowed by the absence of some of music's most influential stars.

After the major snub past year, Jay-Z rapped the lyric "Tell the Grammys f**k that zero for eight s**t" on the track "APES**T". The New York Times spoke to show producer Ken Ehrlich about repeated rejections they received and he pointed to the rather large elephant that has been dwelling the in that room for years.

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.

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Rappers Post Malone ("Beerbongs & Bentleys") and the absent Drake's best-seller "Scorpion" are also vying for the top prize. The article points out the hip-hop community's lack of representation and acknowledgement in the major song and album categories throughout the years. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

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But the larger field makes predicting a victor harder than usual. "Grammy voters are less concerned with commercial success and more concerned with the work as a whole", she said. Childish Gambino himself received four nominations, however, there are now nod details if any of the three will be in attendance at all.

We earlier reported that pop sensation, Ariana Grande will not be attending or performing at the 2019 Grammy awards slated to hold on February 10 in Los Angeles.

In 2017, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in an interview with Pitchfork that he didn't think there was a race problem.

Already, Taylor Swift is confirmed not to be attending the ceremony due to conflicts with her filming schedule for "Cats".

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