The Biggest Celebrities Who Turned Down Performing at the 2019 Grammys

The Biggest Celebrities Who Turned Down Performing at the 2019 Grammys

He is nominated for eight Grammys this year, inlcuding two for Best Rap Song, Best Song, and Rap Performance.

"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world".

But skepticism lingers that nods will actually translate into wins, after rap mogul Jay-Z left empty-handed past year despite eight nominations.

The GRAMMYs seem to have an issue with performers this year, yesterday Ariana Grande pulled out of the show due to creative differences.

"A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the ideal choice as host for our show", said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy.

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness.

As you might know, the Grammys love tributes: This year, there will be one for Dolly Parton, performed by Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry; one for Aretha Franklin, performed by Yolanda Williams, Andra Day and Fantasia; and one for Motown Records, led by Jennifer Lopez.

Other areas show hip-hop royal Kendrick Lamar and R&B singer SZA, both nominated for several honors for their collab "All the Stars", sitting side-by-side. "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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The Grammys' tense relationship with the hip-hop community goes back decades. "When they don't take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continue to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad".

"All the women who are nominated, all the women who are going, all the women who work so hard, this event was to acknowledge you".

When asked soon after the show about the lack of female winners, academy president Neil Portnow said women needed to "step up" - now-infamous words that instantly drew outrage, and which he said were taken out of context.

CNN has reached out to the Recording Academy for additional comment.

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.

Songstress Alicia Keys is set to host Sunday's ceremony - the first woman to do so in 14 years.

It remains to be seen whether Grande will attend.

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