Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances

Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances

The livestream begins at 2 p.m. PT Sunday, Feb. 10 live on Facebook Watch, on the Grammy Awards Facebook page, CBS Facebook page and Grammy.com.

Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night.

Alicia Keys will be hosting the 61st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this year. She responded on Twitter and said she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken".

Monae was also joined by songwriter Linda Perry, the first women nominated for non-classical producer of the year in 15 years and rapper-singer Tierra Whack, who scored a nomination for best music video for her "Mumbo Jumbo".

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards telecast will be available to stream live across digital platforms on CBS All Access, the network's streaming site.

The performances: The Grammys will feature a bevy of musical performances, including an opening number featuring Camila Cabello alongside Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Young Thug and J Balvin.

The Times' latest story, which was published on February 7, suggests the artists' rejection may have stemmed from a longstanding tension between the Recording Academy and the hip-hop community.


The main performers for this year includes Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Chloe x Halle and Travis Scott.

South Africans will be happy to know that The Soweto Gospel Choir has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award. Expect to see Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, Charlie Wilson, Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz, Meghan Trainor, Kane Brown, BTS, Cedric the Entertainer, Nina Dobrev, Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Wilmer Valderrama take the stage to present the night's awards. Taylor Swift, who is also nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album, is also expected to skip the show.

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.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar - who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. but has yet to snare a Grammy for Album of the Year - earned eight nods while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven.

This year, five of the eight Album of the Year nominations went to female artists: Cardi B, Carlile, Monae, R&B prodigy H.E.R. and country star Kacey Musgraves.

Jennifer Lopez will be performing at the Grammys this year.

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