A number of major recording artists will be missing in action at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, to be held Feb. 12 and broadcast live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
TMZ.com is reporting that Kanye West, Justin Bieber and other big stars will skip the event, with their absence reflecting what sounds like a growing sentiment that the awards just don’t matter.
“It started with Frank Ocean, who many think had the best album of the year, but didn’t even bother submitting it for Grammy consideration,” TMZ reports. “Ocean says he thinks the Grammys are a dinosaur that doesn’t represent young, black artists.”
TMZ notes that the artists could change their minds and show up, but Drake, who has eight nominations, will reportedly be on tour in Europe at the time and is among the big names who do not plan to attend.
“We’re told Justin Bieber, who’s nominated for 4 Grammys, plans to be somewhere other than the Grammys a week from Sunday,” TMZ reports. “As for why, we’re told he just doesn’t think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers.”
TMZ adds: “As for Kanye, who’s got 8 noms, he received 21 Grammys in the past, but he always lost when he went head-to-head against a white singer.”