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Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances

GRAMMY Award being held at The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center The Grammys have switched to an online voting process. | Christopher Polk Getty Images for NARAS
Hannah Rogers | 10 February, 2019, 17:40

To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets.

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness. "Know that I support you - win or lose", Monae said.

Grammy Award winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Meghan Trainor, and hit DJ and producer Swizz Beatz - who's married to host Alicia Keys - will also take the stage to give away some of the night's exciting awards.

In addition to Grande, Ehrlich reported Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino turned down invitations to appear during the Grammys on account of the show's history of ignoring hip-hop artists. "It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

The 61st annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10. A live stream of the show is also available to CBS All Access subscribers.

It's a far stretch from last year's Grammys, where Lorde was the only women nominated for album of the year and only two women won prizes during the live telecast. Gaga is set to perform her hit single "Shallow" alongside Mark Ronson, with whom she collaborated on the song for her film A Star Is Born.

A performance honouring the legacy of the late Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is also expected.

They join previously announced performers: J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Ricky Martin, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, Arturo Sandoval and Young Thug.

See who else is nominated over here. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is rumored to be making a musical tribute to Motown during the ceremony, to celebrate the label's 60th anniversary. "The only category they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I've rapped in the past or because I'm black".

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.

For a list of the complete nominations, visit the Grammys' site.

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