Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino reportedly turned down the Grammys

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As for the awards, Lamar leads this year's nominations with a total of eight nods, including album of the year for the "Black Panther" soundtrack followed closely by Drake who scored seven nominations.

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.

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.

Miley Cyrus helped honor her longtime idol and friend Dolly Parton at the Recording Academy and Musicares "Person of the Year" event. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year. I'm especially excited for all the incredible women nominated this year!

Drake, who has sparred with the Recording Academy in past years, nabbed nominations across the top categories for his album "Scorpion" and inescapable 2018 hit "God's Plan".

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The two artists who have the most Grammy nominations this year declined to perform at the show. Brandi Carlile is up for six awards, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. each have five nominations.

Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as previous year the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy. In fact, she's nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album for Reputation.

"So much of rap music history has been about resistance and counterculture - a win also means the approval of mainstream culture", said Akil Houston, a hip-hop scholar at Ohio University.

Sunday's ceremony, hosted by songstress Alicia Keys, will feature performances by Gaga, Cardi B, Carlile and Monae.

Meanwhile, Andra Day, Yolanda Adams and Fantasia will join forces for an Aretha Franklin tribute performance, and Diana Ross will celebrate herself with a special 75th birthday performance. "If there's a little girl waiting up late to see me sing on the Grammys, then I'm happy I'm here".

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