Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino all passed on Grammy performance offers

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Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino all reportedly turned down offers to perform at the Grammys this year, according to the The New York Times.

The show’s veteran producer Ken Ehrlich purportedly reached out to the triad of industry crème de la crème, two of which are nominated for Album of the Year, to offer performance slots. All three declined. The artists’ representatives also opted not to comment on whether or not Drake, Lamar, or Gambino would even attend this year’s ceremony.

“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich told TNYT. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continues to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad.”

Ehrlich did acknowledge, however, that the Grammys have a tendency to alienate the hip-hop community.

With news from Thursday that Ariana Grande, who just dropped her sure-to-be Billboard-chart-topping thank you, next album, won’t be attending the Grammys because of creative disagreements with Ehrlich, the pedestal-ed award ceremony continues to take shots for exclusivity and circuitous power grabs.

Ehrlich also told reporters it was “too late for her [Ariana Grande] to pull something together,” which she quickly denied on social media and asserted it was because they wouldn’t let her perform “7 Rings.”

H/t: The New York Times

Zedd, Disclosure, FISHER and more garner 2019 Grammy nominations

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The biggest night in music for artists and producers alike, the Grammy Awards will air its 61st annual ceremony on February 10. Whereas the 60th edition of the seminal awards event headed east to recognize 2018’s top artists and their productions across a variety of categories from Madison Square Garden in New York, the 61st iteration will return to the West Coast, to air live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Recording Academy formally released its nominations for the 2019 Grammy Awards on December 7.

A central energizer of hip-hop circles throughout the year, Cardi B collected two nominations for “Album of the year” for Invasion of Privacy, and “Record of the year,” for her celebrated collaboration with Bad Bunny and J. Balvin, “I Like It.” A perennial staple of Grammy nomination lists, Drake also received nods for “Album of the year” for his double-sided offering, Scorpion, and “Record of the year” for his newly diamond certified mega hit, “God’s Plan.”

Zedd is notably the sole electronic artist to secure a nomination outside of the Grammy’s dance focused category, “Best dance recording.” Zedd will face off with Cardi B and Drake for “Record of the year,” thanks to his collaborative effort with Maren Morris and Grey on “The Middle.” Zedd will also compete with Childish Gambino, Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar and SZA, and Post Malone, who also received nominations within the category.

Above & Beyond, Disclosure, FISHER, Silk City & Dua Lipa, and Virtual Self will battle it out in the “Best dance recording” category, for “Northern Soul,” “Ultimatum,” “Losing It,” “Electricity,” and “Ghost Voices,” respectively. Meanwhile, the “Best dance album” feature dives a bit more into the avant-garde side of electronica, with Jon Hopkins’ stunning LP Singularity stealing a nomination, along with edit album Woman Worldwide by Justice, Sofi Tukker‘s Treehouse, TOKiMONSTA‘s Lune Rouge, and SOPHIE’s Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides.

The remix category also had some strong contenders, with Kaskade and his protégé, CID earning individual nominations, along with Cosmic Gate, Mura Masa, and EDX. The complete list of nominations can be seen here.

2019 Grammy Awards Nominations:

Best new artist

  • Chloe X Halle
  • Luke Combs
  • Greta Van Fleet
  • H.E.R.
  • Dua Lipa
  • Margo Price
  • Bebe Rexha
  • Jorja Smith

Album of the year

  • “Invasion of Privacy,” Cardi B
  • “By the Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
  • “Scorpion,” Drake
  • “H.E.R.,” H.E.R.
  • “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” Post Malone
  • “Dirty Computer,” Janelle Monae
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Black Panther: The Album,” Featuring Kendrick Lamar

Record of the year

  •  “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin
  • “The Joke,”  Brandi Carlile
  • “This is America,” Childish Gambino
  •  “God’s Plan,” Drake
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA
  • “Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
  • “The Middle,” Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey

Song of the year

  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Spears, Al Shuckburgh, Anthony Tiffith and Solana Rowe
  • “Boo’d Up,” Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai, and Dijon McFarlane
  •  “God’s Plan,” Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron Latour, Matthew Samuels and Noah Shebib.
  • “In My Blood,” Teddy Geiger, Scott Harris, Shawn Mendes and Geoffrey Warburton
  • “The Joke,” Brandi Carlile, Dave Cobb, Phil Hanseroth and Tim Hanseroth
  • “The Middle,” Sarah Aarons, Jordan K. Johnson, Stefan Johnson, Marcus Lomax, Kyle Trewartha, Michael Trewartha and Anton Zaslavski
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt
  • “This Is America,” Donald Glover and Ludwig Göransson

Best R&B album

  • “Sex & Cigarettes,” Toni Braxton
  • “Good Thing,” Leon Bridges
  •  “Honestly,” Lalah Hathaway
  •  “H.E.R.” H.E.R.
  • “Gumbo Unplugged (Live),” PJ Morton

Best country album

  • “Unapologetically,” Kelsea Ballerini
  • “Port Saint Joe,” Brothers Osborne
  • “Girl Going Nowhere,” Ashley McBryde
  • “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton

Best pop solo performance

  • “Colors,” Beck
  • “Havana (Live),” Camila Cabello
  • “God Is A Woman,” Ariana Grande
  • “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga
  • “Better Now,” Post Malone

Best pop vocal album

  • “Camila,” Camila Cabello
  • “Meaning Of Life,” Kelly Clarkson
  • “Sweetener,” Ariana Grande
  • “Shawn Mendes,” Shawn Mendes
  • “Beautiful Trauma,” P!nk
  • “Reputation,” Taylor Swift

Best dance recording

  • “Northern Soul,” Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
  • “Ultimatum,” Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
  • “Losing It,” Fisher
  • “Electricity,” Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
  • “Ghost Voices,” Virtual Self

Best dance album 

  • Singularity – Jon Hopkins
  • Woman Worldwide – Justice
  • Treehouse – Sofi Tukker
  • Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides – SOPHIE
  • Lune Rouge – TOKiMONSTA

Best remixed recording

  • “Audio (CID Remix)” — CID, remixer (LSD)
  • “How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix)” — Maurizio Colella, remixer (Charlie Puth)
  • “Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix”) — Stefan Bossems & Claus Terhoeven, remixers (Gabriel & Dresden Featuring Sub Teal)
  • “Stargazing (Kaskade Remix)” — Kaskade, remixer (Kygo Featuring Justin Jesso)
  • “Walking Away (Mura Masa Remix)” — Alex Crossan, remixer (Haim)

Best rock song

  • “Black Smoke Rising,” Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
  • “Jumpsuit,” Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
  • “MANTRA,” Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me The Horizon)
  • “Masseduction,” Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
  • “Rats,” Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best urban contemporary album

  • “Everything Is Love,” The Carters
  • “The Kids Are Alright,” Chloe x Halle
  • “Chris Dave And The Drumhedz,” Chris Dave And The Drumhedz
  • “War & Leisure,” Miguel
  • “Ventriloquism,” Meshell Ndegeocello

Best jazz vocal album

  • “My Mood Is You,” Freddy Cole
  • “The Questions,” Kurt Elling
  • “The Subject Tonight Is Love,” Kate McGarry With Keith Ganz & Gary Versace
  • “If You Really Want,” Raul Midón With The Metropole Orkest Conducted By Vince Mendoza
  • “The Window,” Cécile McLorin Salvant

Best gospel album

  • “One Nation Under God,” Jekalyn Carr
  • “Hiding Place,” Tori Kelly
  • “Make Room,” Jonathan McReynolds
  • “The Other Side,” The Walls Group
  • “A Great Work,” Brian Courtney Wilson

Best Latin pop album

  • “Prometo,” Pablo Alboran
  • “Sincera,” Claudia Brant
  • “Musas (Un Homenaje Al Folclore Latinoamericano En Manos De Los Macorinos), Vol. 2,” Natalia Lafourcade
  • “2:00 AM,” Raquel Sofía
  • “Vives,” Carlos Vives

Best Americana album

  • “By The Way, I Forgive You,” Brandi Carlile
  • “Things Have Changed,” Bettye LaVette
  • “The Tree Of Forgiveness,” John Prine
  • “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,” Lee Ann Womack
  • “One Drop Of Truth,” The Wood Brothers

Best comedy album

  • “Annihilation,” Patton Oswalt
  • “Equanimity & The Bird Revelation,” Dave Chappelle
  • “Noble Ape,” Jim Gaffigan
  • “Standup For Drummers,” Fred Armisen
  • “Tamborine,” Chris Rock

Best song written for visual media

  • “All The Stars,” Kendrick Duckworth, Solána Rowe, Alexander William Shuckburgh, Mark Anthony Spears & Anthony Tiffith, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar & SZA), Track from: Black Panther
  • “Mystery Of Love,” Sufjan Stevens, songwriter (Sufjan Stevens), Track from: Call Me By Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez, songwriters (Miguel Featuring Natalia Lafourcade), Track from: Coco
  • “Shallow,” Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando & Andrew Wyatt, songwriters (Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper), Track from: A Star Is Born
  • “This Is Me,” Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, songwriters (Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble), Track from: The Greatest Showman

Producer of the year, non-classical:

  • Boi-1da
  • Larry Klein
  • Linda Perry
  • Kanye West
  • Pharrell Williams

H/T: CBS News