Drake, Kendrick Lamar, & Childish Gambino Decline to Perform at Grammys


Lady Gaga arrives for the 60th Grammy Awards on 28 January 2018, in NY.

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins.

The nominees: Vying for Record of the Year this year are Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin for "I Like It", Brandi Carlile for "The Joke", Childish Gambino for "This is America", Drake for "God's Plan", Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper for "Shallow", Kendrick Lamar & SZA for "All the Stars", Post Malone for "Rock Star" and Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey for "The Middle". "As much as I'm nominated, I would not be anything without the village of women who are walking into their truth", she said.

In the Best New Artist category, six of the eight nominees are women. Although controversy has already been stirring between singer Ariana Grande and the organizers, the 2019 Grammys will feature performances by some of the biggest names in music, including Cardi B and Shawn Mendes.

It appears she is not alone in her decision to decline a performance at the prestigious event because the trio of 0f Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino have all declined to perform as well.

Music's biggest night conjures up heaps of Hollywood's biggest parties.

The brazen comment drew outrage and prompted the executive, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!

The two artists who have the most Grammy nominations this year declined to perform at the show. The album earned Keys the first five of her 15 Grammy Awards. The video shows her breaking the news to her family, including her husband Swizz Beatz, a Grammy victor in his own right, whom she appears to have awakened.

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.

"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".

Keys told CBS news this year's greater representation from women was "far overdue".