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

The Biggest Celebrities Who Turned Down Performing at the 2019 Grammys

The Biggest Celebrities Who Turned Down Performing at the 2019 Grammys

Rapper Kendrick Lamar - who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. but has yet to snare a Grammy for Album of the Year - earned eight nods while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven.

In the interview with The New York Times, Ehrlich said that he believes the reason that the aforementioned artists declined performing is an issue that the Grammys has with the hip-hop community.

According to a recent report from Variety, Ariana Grande, whose Grammy appearance and rumored performance has been advertised on billboards promoting the show - will not be serenading the audience at the Staples Center or, for that matter, even showing up.

There's no bad blood between the 29-year-old singer and The Recording Academy.

Kendrick Lamar though winning all five awards in rap categories, lost the Album of the Year award to "Uptown Funk" crooner, Bruno Mars. This year, 15 women are nominated in the big four categories, including Gaga, Chloe x Halle, Carlile, Janelle Monae, and Cardi B.

Even Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich has admitted the "problem" over hip-hop artists who feel undervalued by the Academy, which includes more than 13,000 music professionals.

The group is nominated in the World Music Album category along with artists such as Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

The nominations have been set, the presenters have been chosen, but one thing the Grammys had a hard time doing this year was solidifying who would perform.

Women snagged five of the eight Album of the Year nominations: Cardi B, Carlile, Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and country star Kacey Musgraves are in the running. Gambino also received a number of nominations, including Song of the Year for his work on "This Is America".

Despite rap's strong number of nominations, most experts are not expecting a quick revolution, saying successful black artists have always been restricted to wins in categories like Best Rap Album.

"In a way, then you lose that outsider edge".

Tributes to Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton are also planned, alongside a Diana Ross performance in honour of her 75th birthday and her musical achievements.

"I am referred to as a black artist, like last night at [the Grammys], I'm a black artist..."

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