Drake and other A-list US rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino have all declined to perform at the 2019 Grammy awards holding on February 10 in Los Angeles.
Their refusal to perform has been linked to the way the producers of the Grammy Awards treat the HipHop community.
Last year, Jay-Z who had the highest nominations with eight nods but failed to go home with a single award.
Kendrick Lamar, though winning all five awards in rap categories, lost the Album of the Year award to Bruno Mars.
The Head of Awards of the Recording Academy, Bill Freimuth, has responded to the issue saying they are viewing it with diligence.
“We certainly have been listening to the community with these concerns,” said Freimuth. “The difficulties that our voters have every year is that there are so many excellent recordings, and I think this year that number increased even more.”
Ken Ehrlich, the longtime producer of the Grammy telecast, told the Times that; “The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world.
“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.”