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Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Childish Gambino Turned Down Performing At The Grammys

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Lora Ball | 10 February, 2019, 23:58

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

Details: As we'll hear a couple of times, this is "music's biggest night". "Just knowing that so many women are nominated this year, looking back from last year to this year when I was on the stage at the Grammys, you could see that I was frustrated about the opportunities and about our visibility as women", said Monae, who gave powerful speech last year ahead of Kesha's emotional and striking performance celebrating sisterhood and women's rights. This week Ariana Grande blasted Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich and accused him of lying about why she was no longer performing at the show. Critics may carp about the Grammy Awards themselves going to bland, middle-of-the-road acts instead of trailblazers, but Grammy red carpet fashion is usually wilder and more fun to gawk at then the self-consciously chic finery stars sport to the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmys and more. After last year's testosterone-filled broadcast (and Recording Academy Chief Executive Niel Portnow's asinine suggestion that women need to "step up" in order to win more awards), the Academy recruited 900 new voters, expanded its major categories from five nominees to eight, and created a task force to identify unconscious biases that may affect the Grammys' voting process. "I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken", Grande wrote on Twitter. It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.

For a list of the complete nominations, visit the Grammys' site. "I relax more ... when I know that I am supported by other women ... and I feel like I can do anything". Nominations wise, Kendrick Lamar leads the way with eight, followed by Drake with seven and Boi-ida and Brandi Carlile with six apiece.

A live stream of the show is also available to CBS All Access subscribers.

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The big name that is expected to not be at the 2019 Grammys is Taylor Swift.

Ehrlich told media he would have loved to feature Grande in the show, but she said it was too late to pull something together.

Alicia Keys hosts the 2019 Grammy Awards, which will features such performers as Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Little Big Town, Janelle Monae, Dolly Parton, Yolanda Adams, Travis Scott, Katy Perry and Diana Ross. "And I am not hung up on what happens or doesn't happen", she said.

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