Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino have all turned down the Recording Academy’s request to perform at this year’s Grammys, The New York Times has learned.
Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich told the Times that the three artists, all of whom have multiple nominations going into this Sunday’s telecast, declined to take part in the awards ceremony. According to Ehrlich, it’s like due to the Recording Academy’s perceived disconnect from the hip-hop community.
“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich told the paper.
“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.”
As previously reported, Ariana Grande has also made the decision not to perform on the show, due to disagreements over her song choice.
Performances aside, reps for Drizzy, Lamar and Gambino haven’t confirmed whether or not they’ll actually attend the show.
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