Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Drake reportedly turn down performances at 2019 Grammys

A producer for the ceremony has revealed the rappers were approached to make an appearance during the show

Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino all turned down offers to perform at the 2019 Grammys, it has been reported.

The annual music awards ceremony will take place on Sunday (February 10), with all three up for numerous awards.

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, however, told the New York Times that, despite having nearly 20 nominations between them, all three stars had declined to perform at the event. Representatives for each artist also declined to comment on whether they would be attending the ceremony at all.


“The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world,” Ehrlich said. “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.”

Artists who are scheduled to perform, however, include Kacey Musgraves, Cardi B, Janelle Monáe, Dua Lipa with St. Vincent, Diana Ross, Travis Scott, Lady Gaga, and a collaborative performance from Post Malone and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Meanwhile, it was confirmed last week that K-pop boyband BTS will present an award at the 2019 Grammys. The seven-piece group are also nominated for Best Record Packaging for their album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’.

It is currently not clear which award the band will be presenting, but it has been reported that all seven members will be in attendance.