Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino Denied Grammy Performances

Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino Denied Grammy Performances

The two artists who have the most Grammy nominations this year declined to perform at the show.

Current nominees Chloe x Halle, Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, and Travis Scott are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night.

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness.

Monae's groundbreaking album, "Dirty Computer", is one of five albums by women nominated for the top prize at Sunday's show, airing live at 8 p.m.

Carlile is the most nominated woman with six nominations, including bids for song and record of the year with "The Joke".

This year there will be several big names missing from the red carpet at the 2019 Grammys, but that is nothing new.

"I don't think you can say anyone is a front-runner", said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor of Billboard magazine.

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 lead up to this year's Grammys hasn't been completely smooth though.

Ehrlich told the AP that Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".

"I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken", she added. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

Streaming Information: The Recording Academy and CBS have named Facebook as the exclusive social platform to stream the official "Grammys: Live From the Red Carpet" show. Lamar has been snubbed for album of the year in 2018, 2016, and 2014 by Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Daft Punk, respectively (not to mention losing best rap album to Macklemore in 2014).

She vowed this year's performances would be the "sickest" yet and feature of-the-moment stars like Lady Gaga and Cardi B as well as icons like country legend Dolly Parton and disco icon Diana Ross, who will take the stage for a Motown tribute.

Twitter has been abuzz with news of the public disagreement between Ariana Grande and Grammy producers. Other performers include Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Dan + Shay. "Grammy voters are less concerned with commercial success and more concerned with the work as a whole", she said.

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