The Biggest Celebrities Who Turned Down Performing at the 2019 Grammys

Danny Woods
February 10, 2019

The 2019 Grammys is only days away, and so far, the moments leading up to music's biggest night have been filled with drama. Keys first topped the Billboard 200 back in 2001 with her debut album, "Songs in A Minor".

Alicia Keys will be hosting the 61st Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this year. Vladimir Duthiers spoke with Keys ahead of the award show.

As for the awards, Lamar leads this year's nominations with a total of eight nods, including album of the year for the "Black Panther" soundtrack followed closely by Drake who scored seven nominations.

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino - nominees in all or most of the big three categories - also opted out of performing; however, representatives for the artists have not confirmed if they will attend the show. "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", Grande tweeted following an Associated Press interview where Erhlich said that she "felt it was too late for her to pull something together". "Know that I support you - win or lose", Monae said. "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".

The 2019 Grammy Awards will air this Sunday, February 10 on CBS. But with Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes, Cardi B, and Travis Scott among the evening's performers, there won't be a shortage of star power.

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Meanwhile, Andra Day, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia will join forces for an Aretha Franklin tribute performance, and Diana Ross will celebrate herself with a special 75th birthday performance.

Among those participating in the ceremony are prior GRAMMY winners John Mayer, Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Swizz Beatz, and Meghan Trainor.

Despite rap's strong number of nominations, most experts are not expecting a quick revolution, saying successful black artists have always been restricted to wins in categories like Best Rap Album.

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.

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