Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Childish Gambino Turned Down Performing At The Grammys


Also nominated three times this year, Scott is up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song for "Sicko Mode" as well as Best Rap Album for Astroworld.

The list of presenters also includes the immensely popular Korean boy band BTS, singer Kane Brown, Cedric the Entertainer - who was nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for best spoken comedy album - as well as actors Nina Dobrev, Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Wilmer Valderrama.

"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world", said Ken Ehrlich, the show's longtime producer.

But skepticism lingers that nods will actually translate into wins, after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed a year ago despite eight nominations.

He also skipped the Grammys that year, despite "Hotline Bling" winning two awards.

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.

Despite being nominated for Grammys this year, Drake hasn't been on the best terms with the awards show for a while. Ariana Grande reportedly pulled out of her performance due to a disagreement with production, and according to a new report from The New York Times, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino declined the Recording Academy's invitation to perform at the awards show altogether.

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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.

"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy", Keys said in January when the Recording Academy tapped her as host. "I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".

The Grammys and hip-hop continue to have a strained relationship.

When asked soon after the show about the lack of female winners, academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" - now-infamous words that instantly drew outrage, and which he said were taken out of context.

In response, the Recording Academy - which organizes the gala - created a diversity task force and expanded the four top categories from five nominees to eight.

Alicia Keys will be hosting the 61st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this year.

It remains to be seen whether Grande will attend.