Grammys 2019: Here's why Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Beyonce and Taylor Swift chose not to attend music's biggest night
Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay Z and many others have not made an appearance at the music awards this year, here's why
As the Grammys 2019 red carpet concluded and stars made their way to attend the show, the absence of some of the biggest artistes was noticeable. While Ariana Grande made it clear that she would stay away from the awards show with a series of tweets much earlier, others have not really commented on their absence.
Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino's absence has especially made a point home about the snubs that the Black artistes have received at the Grammys in recent years. The most outrageous one being Beyonce's album 'Lemonade' being passed over for Adele's 25 at the 2017 Grammys. Adele, who had won the Grammys that year for Best Album had also said on stage, "I thought it was her year. I couldn't possibly accept this award," and added that Lemonade was monumental.
The following year, Jay Z had released 4:44, an introspection of sorts to Beyonce's Lemonade with led the nominations in 8 categories, but was awarded in none. While these are the most recent, there have been many such slights when it comes to black artistes including when Lamar missed an award for his debut track in 2014.
In 2014, Kendrick Lamar's debut track "good kid" from "m.A.A.d city" was passed over for The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis in the Best Rap Album category. Macklemore had then posted a text that he had sent to Kendrick, in which he said, "You got robbed. I wanted you to win."
It is not just black artistes who are giving "music's biggest night" a miss. Ariana's reason was plain for everyone to see especially after the singer backed out of performing because her creativity was stifled. In response to Ken Ehrlich, the producer of Grammys saying Ariana felt that "it was too late for her to pull something together", she tweeted out a response and said, "I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. 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 (sic)."
mhmmm here it is ! “too late for her to pull something together......” pic.twitter.com/YwuBOUkZjr— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 7, 2019
She further added, "i offered 3 different songs. it’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. it’s about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games. it’s just a game y’all.. and i’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me (sic)."
Taylor Swift, whose recent album "Reputation" received only one genre category nomination has chosen to give the Grammys a miss. Taylor was last seen at the Grammys in 2016 after which the singer has not appeared. Rihanna, on the other hand, hasn't released a new album in over three years and is currently busy launching her own fashion-makeup empire with Fendi.
How can we forget Kanye West another one of music's most-watched celebrities! He did receive one nomination and Ye missed getting any. Safe to say, he will be sitting this one out.