Kendrick Lamar, Drake & Childish Gambino Turned Down Performing At The Grammys

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Lady Gaga boasts five nominations including for both Record and Song of the Year for her heart-pounding hit "Shallow", which she performed in the film "A Star Is Born" with co-star Bradley Cooper.

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

According to a recent report from Variety, Ariana Grande, whose Grammy appearance and rumored performance has been advertised on billboards promoting the show - will not be serenading the audience at the Staples Center or, for that matter, even showing up. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys. Pop superstar Ariana Grande called out show producer Ken Ehrlich after he claimed Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together". Grande was quick to refute this account on Twitter, her chosen medium for handling such matters. "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". "Throughout her exciting career, I have watched her become a powerful force within the music industry and beyond".

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.

Lamar leads this year with eight nominations, followed by Drake who has seven.

He did perform at last year's show.

Who is hosting the 2019 Grammy Awards? . Despite receiving eight nominations that year - the most of anyone - he went home empty-handed.

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Among the group are current Grammy nominees Kelsea Ballerini, who's up for best country album, as well as best new artist nominee Luke Combs and Leon Bridges, nominated for two awards, including best R&B album.

The Head of Awards of the Recording Academy, Bill Freimuth, has responded to the issue saying they are viewing it with diligence. Portnow announced later in the year that he would not seek to extend his contract, which ends this year.

The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints that the Grammys are not an even playing field for minority and women artists.

Monae was also joined by songwriter Linda Perry, the first women nominated for non-classical producer of the year in 15 years and rapper-singer Tierra Whack, who scored a nomination for best music video for her "Mumbo Jumbo".

It remains to be seen whether Grande will attend.

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