Kendrick Lamar & SZA Won’t Perform “All The Stars” At The Oscars

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SZA & Kendrick LamarThe Best Original Song performances have been the source of a lot of drama for this year’s Oscars. Typically, all of the songs nominated are performed at the ceremony, but last month, multiple sources reported that most of the performances were being cut for time. Only Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star … More »

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

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

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

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino Turned Down Grammy Performances

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Drake-and-Childish-GambinoThe Grammys are coming up in a few nights, but it’s looking more and more like music’s biggest night will be missing some of music’s biggest night. In the recent past, the show has alienated a number of big stars, and it’s failed to reward landmark works from extremely popular artists. And so now we’re … More »

Predicting The 2019 Grammy Winners

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Post MaloneIt’s that time of year again: the time when we as a culture must reckon with the insane/mundane prestige-populist fever dream that is Grammy logic. More »

Oscars Agree To Have All 5 Best Song Nominees Performed, But Only 90 Seconds Each

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Last week, we learned that only two of the five nominations for Best Original Song would be performed at the 2019 Oscars— Lady Gaga’s A Star Is Born hit “Shallow” and Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Black Panther soundtrack single “All The Stars.” The plan received enough backlash that the Motion Picture Academy changed … More »

Oscars Will Cut Most Song Performances From This Year’s Ceremony

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Lady GagaLady Gaga’s A Star Is Born smash “Shallow,” Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s Black Panther soundtrack hit “All The Stars,” “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, RBG’s “I’ll Fight,” and “When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings,” which Gillian Welch and David Rawlings wrote for the Coen Brothers’ Netflix … More »

A Star Is Born Gets 8 Oscar Nominations Including Best Picture, Actress, & Song

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Lady-GagaThis morning the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the biggest annual awards show, the Oscars. And in this year’s slate of nominees, music-themed movies did very well. Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born and the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody are both up for Best Picture. More »

The 2019 State Of Pop Address

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Ariana GrandePop is dead; meet the new pop. More »

Distributor’s deleted Instagram post suggests DJ Snake, ZEDD, Kendrick Lamar albums all underway

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Distributor’s deleted Instagram post suggests DJ Snake, ZEDD, Kendrick Lamar albums all underwayDj Snake Zedd Credit Danny Mahoney

2019 is already shaping up to be a big year, with rumored full length studio albums coming from a host of top-tier stars. Recently, in a now deleted Instagram post obtained by Pop Crave, Polydor Records, the European distribution arm for Interscope records, posted a photo that may have spilled the beans on a number of marquee LP’s on the way from the likes of ZEDD, DJ Snake, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish among others.

The post was quickly taken down, suggesting either Polydor revealed secret information by accident, or the post’s contents were simply inaccurate. With Lady Gaga spending time in the studio with Boys Noize in 2018, DJ Snake’s intermittent teasing this year, and Kendrick Lamar’s perennial album rumors, chances are the latter is the case. Some of the artists named on the image have already confirmed projects underway, somewhat legitimizing the post too. Whether the now-deleted post pans out or not, expect a grip of exciting studio projects throughout 2019.

Featured image: Danny Mahoney

Thom Yorke, Sampha, The Coup, & More Make Oscars’ Best Original Song Shortlist

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The Oscars’ Best Original Song shortlist has just been revealed. According to Deadline, the list includes “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, Thom Yorke’s “Suspirium” from Suspiria, Sampha’s “Treasure” from Beautiful Boy, Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All The Stars” from Black Panther, and the Coup’s “OYAHYTT” from Sorry To Bother You. More »