The Grammys appear to have run into a problem when it comes to connecting with artists from the rap and hip-hop communities. The show’s longtime producer, Ken Ehrlich, told The New York Times that three artists who are among the most heavily nominated contenders for this year’s awards rejected offers to perform during the ceremony.
“Ehrlich said that this year he offered performance slots on the show to Drake, Lamar and Childish Gambino — whose song ‘This Is America’ is up for four awards, including record and song of the year — but they all declined,” The Times reports. “Representatives of those three artists declined to comment on whether they would attend the show.”
Rappers Lamar and Drake are this year’s most-nominated artists, Lamar with eight Grammy nominations and Drake close behind with seven.
Erlich told the paper: “The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world. 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.”
The revelation comes the same week that a widely reported dispute surfaced between pop superstar Ariana Grande and the Grammys, with Grande scrapping her planned performance.
The Grammys air on CBS this Sunday, Feb. 10, with Alicia Keys hosting.