Cardi B goes for first Grammy win; Ariana Grande, Drake among no-shows

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Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino all reportedly declined to perform at the show.

The Times' latest story, which was published on February 7, suggests the artists' rejection may have stemmed from a longstanding tension between the Recording Academy and the hip-hop community. Jay-Z was also nominated for eight and came home with zero.

Rappers Post Malone ("Beerbongs & Bentleys") and the absent Drake's best-seller "Scorpion" are also vying for the top prize. Plus, as Ken Ehrlich points out, The Grammys decision making when it comes to hip-hop awards isn't always spot on-like last year, when Kendrick lost in the Album of the Year category but went on to win a Pulitzer prize.

But the larger field makes predicting a victor harder than usual. "Because I think they would be welcomed". "Grammy voters are less concerned with commercial success and more concerned with the work as a whole", she said. Gambino has five nominations, including Record and Song of the Year for "This Is America". On Thursday, the pop star tweeted a response "i've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me. i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken.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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"This is live television and things happen up until the minute the shows starts", said Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift's "Reputation" only received one nomination, too.

A new report from the New York Times suggests three of the biggest global stars in hip-hop are refusing to perform at this year's awards ceremony.

Sunday's show will include tributes to Diana Ross, to mark her 75th birthday in March, and to Aretha Franklin, who died last August.

The 61st Grammy Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.

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