Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances

Sergio Cunningham
February 10, 2019

Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them a year ago to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. Keys first topped the Billboard 200 back in 2001 with her debut album, "Songs in A Minor".

Grammy Award winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Meghan Trainor, and hit DJ and producer Swizz Beatz - who's married to host Alicia Keys - will also take the stage to give away some of the night's exciting awards.

Despite being nominated for Grammys this year, Drake hasn't been on the best terms with the awards show for a while.

But despite Keys' optimism, the show has been besieged by controversy in recent days. "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". He won't be performing on the telecast (alongside acts such as Ariana Grande, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar), but he is hitting the pre-ceremony party circuit.

"As you go on that red carpet, as you take the stage, as you are with your teams and you're dealing with that anxiety and that pressure and you're feeling like you're falling into competition with your fellow women and sisters, know that that's not what this is about".

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The 61st Grammy Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS. Also teaming up for performances throughout the night are St. Vincent and Dua Lipa as well as Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga.

The presenters: The list of presenters for the 2019 Grammy Awards includes everyone from musicians to legendary movie stars to Super Bowl-winning football pros.

Tributes to Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton are also planned, alongside a Diana Ross performance in honour of her 75th birthday and her musical achievements.

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.

That's according to Ken Ehrlich, the show's longtime producer. This year, 15 women are nominated in the big four categories, including Gaga, Chloe x Halle, Carlile, Janelle Monae, and Cardi B.

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