Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances

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LIVE from the GRAMMYs red carpet in Los Angeles, host Tracy Moore chats with the night's biggest artists and nominees while music correspondent Devo Brown and fashion correspondent Lauren Howe break down the night's hottest tracks and looks.

This year, Academy voters did pass on nominating perennial favourites like Taylor Swift for the top three prizes of Album, Record and Song of the Year, relegating pop stars who reigned in years prior to lesser categories. ("Tell the Grammys fuck that 0-for-8 shit/ Have you ever seen the crowd goin' apeshit?") Kanye West has won a staggering 21 Grammys, yet not a single one of them for album of the year.

The two artists who have the most Grammy nominations this year declined to perform at the show. "I relax more ... when I know that I am supported by other women ... and I feel like I can do anything".

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.

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Cardi B., Brandi Carlile, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone will also compete for Album of the Year, alongside H.E.R., Kacey Musgraves and Janelle Monáe. Gambino also received a number of nominations, including Song of the Year for his work on "This Is America".

What to expect: One person who won't be in attendance of the show is Ariana Grande, who reportedly had a dispute with show producers over what she should perform.

Grammy organizers this year expanded the top four categories - album, record, song of the year, and best new artist - to eight nominees from five in a bid to diversify the contest.

"What I plan to do is let every woman who is nominated, who is here this weekend, know that from the red carpet to the stage, win or lose, I have your back". "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future".

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"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me".

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins.

"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. In what is sure to be a Grammy moment to remember, Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.

Ehrlich told media he would have loved to feature Grande in the show, but she said it was too late to pull something together.

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