Drake, Kendrick Lamar, And Childish Gambino Declined Grammys Performances

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Fifteen-time Grammy victor Alicia Keys will host the event, and she's the first woman in over a decade to do so.

But despite Keys' optimism, the show has been besieged by controversy in recent days.

Ariana Grande also pulled out after clashing with producers over which song to perform. The was until producer Ken Ehrlich told reporters that Grande felt it was too late to pull together a performance.

"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. "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".

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It appears she is not alone in her decision to decline a performance at the prestigious event because the trio of 0f Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino have all declined to perform as well.

The former Fifth Harmony star, who is set to open the 61st Annual Grammy Awards this Sunday (February 10) alongside Ricky Martin, Young Thug, J BALVIN and Arturo Sandoval, held a private concert at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles this week. E!'s red carpet pre-show will begin at 6/5c. She has also declined her invitation to attend the ceremony.

The GRAMMYs have a stacked line up of performers including Cardi B, Travis Scott, and Post Malone, but could it have been even crazier? In addition, current GRAMMY nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs and Charlie Wilson will be presenting. In fact, she's nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Reputation. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lopez is rumored to be making a musical tribute to Motown during the ceremony, to celebrate the label's 60th anniversary.

Kendrick's eight nominations lead the pack in 2019. Brandi Carlile is up for six awards, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. each have five nominations.

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