Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino all turned down offers to perform at this year’s Grammys, according to a report by The New York Times. Speaking to the Times, the show’s longtime producer Ken Ehrlich said that he offered performance slots to Drake, Lamar, and Childish Gambino, but they all declined.
He also acknowledged that the Grammys often alienate members of the hip-hop community, even those like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino, who are all nominated for awards this year.
“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” said Ehrlich. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”
The three rappers weren’t the only artists to decline offers to perform at the 2019 Grammy Awards. Earlier this week, it was reported that Ariana Grande also pulled out of the show, citing disagreements with producers.
All that being said, the show must go on, and it’s been confirmed that Travis Scott, Cardi B, H.E.R., Lady Gaga, Post Malone, Janelle Monáe, and many more will hit the stage this Sunday, February 10.
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