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

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

The group is nominated in the World Music Album category along with artists such as Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

Those who want to live stream the awards show can catch it on CBS's website, available with an all-access membership.

"As always, we only have so many nominees in every category", he continued.

"There's great respect that is deserved to women and you will see that live embodied on Sunday".

Eastern on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Diana Ross will be commemorated with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and will perform a medley on the occasion.

Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as a year ago the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy. Women also have a strong presence in those top categories, including Lady Gaga, SZA, Maren Morris and Ella Mai. Also teaming up for performances throughout the night are St. Vincent and Dua Lipa as well as Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga.

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"I don't think you can say anyone is a front-runner", said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor of Billboard magazine. "This is just the beginning of moving to a more inclusive future". He later acknowledged that it was a "poor choice of words", and it forced the academy to launch a new task force focused on inclusion and diversity.

Jennifer Lopez will be performing at the Grammys this year.

Grande responded to the statements on Twitter saying, "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me". She said: "I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy". It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend. "I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!" "I support her and I support her decision", she added.

Kendrick's eight nominations lead the pack in 2019. Lamar has been snubbed for album of the year in 2018, 2016, and 2014 by Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, and Daft Punk, respectively (not to mention losing best rap album to Macklemore in 2014). A representative for the Grammys didn't return an email seeking clarification about the tribute. Other performers include Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Dan + Shay.

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". "Grammy voters are less concerned with commercial success and more concerned with the work as a whole", she said.

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