Report: Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances

Chances are you will not see Childish Gambino, Drake, or Kendrick Lamar take centre stage at Sunday’s Grammys.

A new report from the New York Times suggests three of the biggest global stars in hip hop are refusing to perform at this year’s awards ceremony.

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Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said many hip-hop artists feel “alienated” at the awards show, thanks in major part because hip-hop projects often lose in major categories. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

“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, continue to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”

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Drake and Lamar are both nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year. Gambino also received a number of nominations, including Song of the Year for his work on “This Is America”.

ET Canada has reached out to the Grammys committee for comment.

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