Kendrick Lamar, Drake And Childish Gambino Reportedly Turned Down Invites To Perform At The Grammys

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Show producer Ken Ehrlich says the rappers join a growing list of hip-hop artists who were asked to perform but declined.
Sydney Scott Feb, 08, 2019

While the Grammys may have locked in Cardi B, Chloe x Halle, and Travis Scott as performers for this year’s event, it seems there were a few major names that couldn’t get.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino were all asked to perform but declined.

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In an interview with The New York Times, show producer Ken Ehrlich claimed confirming Hip Hop artists to perform at the Grammys proves a challenge each year.

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Drake landed nominations for Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Song.

“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich said. “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.”

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Reps for the artists declined to comment on whether or not the rappers would still attend the event.

Childish Gambino, Kendrick, and Drake join a number of artists like JAY-Z, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Beyoncé, who have recently declined to attend or perform at the event.

Still, if you’re tuning in you’ll be in for quite a ride.

Alicia Keys is set to host the Grammys with Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and John Legend celebrating 60 years of Motown with a major performance, and a tribute to Aretha Franklin.

Maybe the show won’t be so bad.