Beyoncé? Nowhere in sight. Taylor Swift? Don’t keep an eye out. Ariana Grande? Thank you, no. Jay-Z, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Drake? The boys are not in town. Rihanna? She’ll pass, too.
Music’s biggest stars are expected to skip music’s biggest night this year — and not for the first time. The 61st Annual Grammys Awards will go on Sunday evening bereft of their brightest lights. For some, it’s a matter of logistics, lack of nominations or lack of interest. But for others, it’s a statement after a history of missteps and snubs from the Recording Academy. In a nutshell: the Grammys need these artists more than these artists need the Grammys.
Here are the major artists expected to sit out the 2019 Grammys and the reasons (or, in some cases, theories) behind their absences.
Robyn Beck—AFP/Getty ImagesSinger Beyonce poses with her Grammy trophies in the press room during the 59th Annual Grammy music Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles, Cali.
After Lemonade was passed over in favor of Adele’s 25 in 2017 — not that Adele didn’t graciously support her fellow nominee — Beyoncé has stepped back from the awards show. Although she was nominated alongside husband Jay-Z for their work on joint album Everything Is Love this year, neither is likely to turn up for the show.
Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift poses in the press room at the The 58th Grammy Awards on Feb. 15 in Los Angeles.
Swift has a strong Grammy history, picking up ten trophies including Album of the Year in 2016 for 1989. But her most recent album, Reputation, received minimal love from the Recording Academy this year with only one genre category nomination. More importantly, Swift has been a no-show for years now, last dropping by when she won it all in 2016. Since then, she’s veered away from the awards show spotlight, although she has never made any public statements about her feelings toward the Recording Academy. In any case, Swift is busy: she’s currently in London, filming the upcoming film adaptation of the musical Cats.
It’s been a wild year for Grande; after releasing Sweetener in 2018 — and receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album — she released thank u, next, another full album, on the Friday before the 2019 Grammys. But even though Grande was one of the past …
Source:: Time – Entertainment