Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino Denied Grammy Performances

Lawrence Kim
February 10, 2019

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

Alicia Keys, former Grammy victor and coach on NBC's "The Voice".

Even before the show, there's plenty of cause for celebration.

But despite Keys' optimism, the show has been besieged by controversy in recent days.

"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me". She said: "I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy". "The difficulties that our voters have every year is that there are so many excellent recordings, and I think this year that number increased even more". "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more". Ariana Grande reportedly pulled out of her performance due to a disagreement with production, and according to a new report from The New York Times, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino declined the Recording Academy's invitation to perform at the awards show altogether.

As for other ways to watch the Grammys, you can also tune into American network CBS.

"This is live television and things happen up until the minute the shows starts", said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards. E!'s red carpet pre-show will begin at 6/5c.

Singers J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, and Young Thug and Camila Cabello are expected to open the awards night with a special performance.

Drake, Lamar, and Gambino's refusal to perform on Sunday is understandable given the Grammys' historically tumultuous relationship with hip-hop.

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.

Additionally, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with St. Vincent.

The presenters: The list of presenters for the 2019 Grammy Awards includes everyone from musicians to legendary movie stars to Super Bowl-winning football pros.

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. This year, 15 women are nominated in the big four categories, including Gaga, Chloe x Halle, Carlile, Janelle Monae, and Cardi B.

As for the awards, Lamar leads this year's nominations with a total of eight nods, including album of the year for the "Black Panther" soundtrack followed closely by Drake who scored seven nominations. Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy", Kacey Musgraves' "Golden Hour", Brandi Carlile's "By the Way, I Forgive You" and H.E.R.'s self-titled album are also in contention.

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