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.
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.”
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.