R&B singer Alicia Keys hosts a female-flavored Grammy Awards show on Sunday featuring performances by Cardi B, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross and Dolly Parton, but which risks being overshadowed by the absence of some of music's most influential stars.
Drake, Lamar, and Gambino's refusal to perform on Sunday is understandable given the Grammys' historically tumultuous relationship with hip-hop. Gambino also received a number of nominations, including Song of the Year for his work on "This Is America". Additionally, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy victor St. Vincent. Ehrlich alleged that Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together", though Variety previously reported that producers wouldn't let her perform her new single, "7 Rings"-despite it being the No. 1 song in the country for the past two weeks. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!"
"This isn't a trend, this is a fleeting moment, this is a critical time in our history - a turning point where the only way out is going forward", Monae said.More news: Buhari says his govt's duty is to jail looters
The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints that the Grammys are not an even playing field for minority and women artists.
Ironically, in their quest to preserve some fabled bastion of old, white credibility, the Grammys have alienated numerous artists who are redefining the future of popular music, critically and commercially.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar - who won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN. but has yet to snare a Grammy for Album of the Year - earned eight nods while Canadian rapper Drake snagged seven.
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"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. Some complained that a black artist should be involved in the tribute, while others said stronger vocalists should perform over Lopez.
Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and past Grammy nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.
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".More news: Leeds teenager Clarke taken to hospital after touchline treatment