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The Grammys and hip-hop continue to have a strained relationship.

For the second consecutive year, black hip-hop artists are leading the pack - but observers are still wondering if nominations success can translate into wins.

Rapper Kendrick Lamar leads the 2019 field with eight Grammy nominations, followed by fellow hip-hop artist Drake follows with seven.

The group is nominated in the World Music Album category along with artists such as Bombino, Fatoumata Diawara, Seun Kuti and Egypt 80.

"As always, we only have so many nominees in every category", he continued.

But controversy was threatening the gala before it even began, with a number of superstars declining to take part in the show's glitzy concert portion.

The GRAMMYs seem to have an issue with performers this year, yesterday Ariana Grande pulled out of the show due to creative differences.

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In addition to Grande, Ehrlich reported Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino turned down invitations to appear during the Grammys on account of the show's history of ignoring hip-hop artists. These categories include Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

Some viewers may tune into music's biggest night, which airs live on CBS on Sunday, to see who's missing rather than who's there.

The brazen comment drew outrage and prompted the executive, Neil Portnow, to say he would resign when his contract expires this summer. Women, from Lady Gaga to SZA to Maren Morris, make up many the nominations in song and record of the year.

The nominations have been set, the presenters have been chosen, but one thing the Grammys had a hard time doing this year was solidifying who would perform.

Grammy Award winners Alessia Cara, Julian Edelman, Eve, John Mayer, Bob Newhart, Smokey Robinson, Meghan Trainor, and hit DJ and producer Swizz Beatz - who's married to host Alicia Keys - will also take the stage to give away some of the night's exciting awards. The video shows her breaking the news to her family, including her husband Swizz Beatz, a Grammy victor in his own right, whom she appears to have awakened.

Grammy winners Yolanda Adams, Fantasia and past Grammy nominee Andra Day will honor the legendary Aretha Franklin.

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