Grammys 2019: Why Musicians Are Saying 'Thank U, Next' To the Show

10 Février, 2019, 23:09 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino reportedly declined to perform Sunday night

The Grande spat followed a report from the New York Times that Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino all declined to perform at this year's ceremony as well. Other big stars also won't be in attendance, including Kendrick Lamar, the top nominee with eight, and Drake, nominated for seven awards. The Girl on Fire singer will be hosting the awards for the first time in her career.

On Sunday, 15-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will emcee music's biggest night, while Cardi B, Camila Cabello, and Shawn Mendes take the stage. As much as it is about me, it's not just about me. She responded on Twitter and said she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken".

"It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more", she continued. Viewers can also watch the event online by tuning into CBS All Access, Hulu Live TV and YouTube TV for the live streaming.

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

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. nominees Chloe x Halle, Grammy victor Lady Gaga, Grammy victor Mark Ronson, and Grammy nominee Travis Scott are set to perform on Music's Biggest Night.

Singers J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, and Young Thug and Camila Cabello are expected to open the awards night with a special performance.

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The music world will hit the red carpet on Sunday for the Grammys, with a wider selection of nominees - led by hip-hop royalty and a bevy of talented women - up for the top prizes.

Tributes to Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton are also planned, alongside a Diana Ross performance in honour of her 75th birthday and her musical achievements. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year. The 8-time Grammy victor will herself take to the stage for a special performance.

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.

Ariana Grande, with two nominations in the pop field, pulled out of the show late last week after a dispute with producers over which songs she would perform.

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