How to watch the Grammys

Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino

Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino - nominees in all or most of the big three categories - also opted out of performing; however, representatives for the artists have not confirmed if they will attend the show. The nominations are dominated by Drake and Kendrick Lamar, with eight and seven nods, respectively.

We learn that their refusal to perform is linked to the way the producers of the Grammy Awards treat the HipHop community.

Women are also hoping to get their due after the head of the Recording Academy - which includes more than 13,000 music professionals - told them previous year to "step up" if they wanted to do better on Grammys night. She said: "I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy".

Ehrlich told media he would have loved to feature Grande in the show, but she said it was too late to pull something together.

Logic dictates that when you repeatedly shut out the most qualified artists in the biggest genre in the United States, eventually those artists will stop appearing on your show. It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.

The 61st Grammy Awards will be broadcast from The Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.

Thomas Cook profit losses flying high at £60m
That coincides with the company announcing a " strategic review " of the profitable and growing group airline business. Analysts said there might not be many bidders to take the whole airline in one go, given turmoil in the industry.

Monae hosted the Friday brunch alongside Instagram to celebrate her Grammy nominations, including album of the year for her groundbreaking release, "Dirty Computer".

Citytv will go live at the 61st Grammys starting at 4PM PT / 7PM ET, available through an online live stream at Citytv.com/GRAMMYs and also on TV (check your local listings).

Singers J Balvin, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, and Young Thug and Camila Cabello are expected to open the awards night with a special performance.

The Grammys and hip-hop continue to have a strained relationship. Singers Kacey Musgraves and Katy Perry will collaborate to present a tribute to Dolly Parton. Also teaming up for performances throughout the night are St. Vincent and Dua Lipa as well as Mark Ronson and Lady Gaga.

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.

Untouchable pop star Ariana Grande - who dropped her highly anticipated album Thank U, Next just before the Grammys - slammed producer Ken Ehrlich over her decision not to perform, suggested he was "lying" about her readiness. Other performers scheduled for the evening are Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chloe x Halle, Travis Scott and Miley Cyrus.

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