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Why many artistes avoided the 2019 Grammy Awards - 6 days ago, 12:05

By: Stevens Muendo

The 61st Grammy Awards happened earlier today at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The awards were hosted by singer Alicia Keys and was televised live by CBS. The build-up to the awards has been somewhat slow compared to the past.

The most notable development has been turning down of the chance to perform by rappers Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino over what their teams would not clarify on.

The problem Grammy has with Hip-hop is said to be the reason why Gambino, Drake and Kendrick all snubbed the event.

Ken Ehrlich, a senior producer in the academy, speaking to the New York Times, pointed out thus: “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 most evident disconnect between the academy and hip-hop was witnessed last year where Jay Z was ...
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