These are the celebrities who will most likely be skipping the Grammys

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So... Is anyone actually going?

It's awards season people and we're excited. We're on the hunt for the daring outfits, the bitch fits, subtle digs at other celebs in speeches and of course the performances. 

But, we're getting a little concerned that we may not see all of our favourite celebrities hit the 2019 Grammys.

Let's look at the reasons why we have these serious concerns.

First of all, the nominations. If they haven't got their name thrown in the ring, is there even any point in going?

It's just like that time in year 7 where you thought you were going to be nominated for SRC but you weren't, did you show up to the lunch time meeting? Didn't think so.

If we look at the snub list, there are some pretty big names who may be choosing 'Netflix n chill' over glam squad on Sunday night. 


Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped their 'Everything Is Love' collaborative album (released as The Carters) last June, but The Recording Academy proved not everything can be love by leaving the album out of the main categories. 


Taylor Swift is also on the list of this year's biggest snubs. The two-time winner of album of the year is a keen attendee of the Grammys but her 'Reputation' release earns just one nomination for best pop vocal album. 


Ariana Grande has been dropping albums like they're donuts, but the academy didn't think 'Sweetner' was sweet enough for the major categories. Grande's album is only featured in the best pop vocal album category, and "God Is A Woman" is nominated for best pop solo performance. The pop sensation is yet to win a Grammy. 

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We won't blame Nicki Minaj if she doesn't show because 'Queen' received zero nominations like Drake in 2018. But this year, the God's Plan singer nabbed seven noms. Don't get your hopes up though, it's still not an indication he will show. If Drake's past critical comments about the Grammys are anything to go by we can assume he will not be suiting up for the prestigious event. That and the fact he hasn't attended a Grammys since 2013.

In a 2017 interview with British DJ Semtex he said:

"I am apparently a rapper, even though 'Hotline Bling' is not a rap song.

"The only category they can manage to fit me in is a rap category."

The singer won two trophies in 2017 but he skipped that year's awards "because they don’t air the other rap awards on TV." 


Similar to Drake, Kanye West is a huge critic of the Grammys. In 2016 the rapper criticised the awards in a series of tweets:

"Hi Grammys this is the most important living artist talking. 

"Yes I have a problem with the Grammys. All artists have a problem with it and I am going to fix it for us all starting right now.

"You like your black people a certain way also. 

"You wouldn't have Future perform and that man owned the clubs last summer. We need to see Young Thug at the Grammys. Not just me and (Jay-Z) in a suit."

West swore he would not attend the Grammys until they promise him album of the year, then this tweet came out:

Not going to lie, it's pretty funny but West didn't show up to the 2017 and 2018 Grammys, so we're guessing he wasn't amused. 

Grammys president Neil Portnow issued a statement to Rolling Stone inviting West to meet with him:

"Kanye West is a creative pioneer who has been recognised and honoured by the Recording Academy time and again. We value his input as a member of the creative community, and our doors are always open to him. I continue to welcome Kanye, personally, to engage in a direct and productive dialogue about the future of music and the important role that music creators play in shaping that future."

Considering he only received one nomination this year in the producer category, it seems likely that West will also be a no-show.

Some names who will definitely be attending because they're performing are; Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves. J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval will join Camila Cabello on stage to open the show.

Plus Katy Perry, Little Big Town’, Maren Morris and Kacey Musgraves are performing a tribute for Dolly Parton.

The Grammy's recently announced Miley Cyrus, Brandi Carlile, Red Hot Chilli Peppers with Post Malone (random?), Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa, St. Vincent, Chloe x Halle, Travis Scott and Andra Day will also be performing. 

The Grammys take place on February 10 in Los Angeles with Alicia Keys as the host. Take a look at the nominations: 

Album of the Year

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You

Drake – Scorpion

Various Artists – Black Panther: The Album

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

Post Malone – Beerbongs & Bentleys

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

Record of the Year

Cardi B – I Like It

Brandi Carlile – The Joke

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Drake – God’s Plan

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars

Post Malone & 21 Savage – Rockstar

Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Song of the Year

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars

Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Drake – God’s Plan

Shawn Mendes – In My Blood

Brandi Carlile – The Joke

Zedd & Maren Morris – The Middle

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Best New Artist

Chloe x Halle

Luke Combs

Greta Van Fleet


Dua Lipa

Margo Price

Bebe Rexha

Jorja Smith

Best Pop Solo Performance

Beck – Colors

Camila Cabello – Havana (Live)

Ariana Grande – God Is a Woman

Lady Gaga – Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)

Post Malone – Better Now

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Christina Aguilera ft. Demi Lovato – Fall In Line

Backstreet Boys – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – Girls Like You

Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton – Say Something

Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – The Middle

Best Pop Vocal Album

Camila Cabello – Camila

Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

Ariana Grande – Sweetener

Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

Pink – Beautiful Trauma

Taylor Swift – Reputation

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

Tony Bennett & Diana Krall – Love Is Here to Stay

Willie Nelson – My Way

Gregory Porter – Nat “King” Cole & Me

Seal – Standards (Deluxe)

Barbra Streisand – The Music… The Mem’ries… The Magic!

Best Rap Performance

Cardi B – Be Careful

Drake – Nice for What

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead

Anderson .Paak – Bubblin

Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration

Christina Aguilera ft. Goldlink – Like I Do

6LACK ft. J. Cole – Pretty Little Fears

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars

Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar

Best Rap Song

Drake – God’s Plan

Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future, & James Blake – King’s Dead

Eminem – Lucky You

Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk, & Swae Lee – Sicko Mode

Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar – Win

Best Rap Album

Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

Mac Miller- Swimming

Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap

Pusha-T – Daytona

Travis Scott – Astroworld

Best Rock Performance

Arctic Monkeys – Four Out of Five

Chris Cornell – When Bad Does Good

THE FEVER 333 – Made An America

Greta Van Fleet – Highway Tune

Halestorm – Uncomfortable

Best Metal Performance

Between the Buried and Me – Condemned to the Gallows

Deafheaven – Honeycomb

High on Fire – Electric Messiah

Trivium – Betrayer

Underoath – On My Teeth

Best Rock Song

Greta Van Fleet – Black Smoke Rising

Twenty One Pilots – Jumpsuit

Bring Me the Horizon – MANTRA

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Ghost – Rats

Best Rock Album

Alice in Chains – Rainier Fog

Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

Ghost – Prequelle

Greta Van Fleet – From the Fires

Weezer – Pacific Daydream

Best Alternative Music Album

Arctic Monkeys – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

Beck – Colors

Björk – Utopia

David Byrne – American Utopia

St. Vincent – Masseduction

Best R&B Performance

Toni Braxton – Long As I Live

The Carters – Summer

Lalah Hathaway – Y O Y

H.E.R. – Best Part [ft. Daniel Caesar]PJ Morton – First Began

Best Traditional R&B Performance

Leon Bridges – Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand

Betty LaVette – Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight

MAJOR. – Honest

PJ Morton – How Deep Is Your Love [ft. Yebba]Charlie Wilson – Made for Love [ft. Lalah Hathaway]

Best R&B Song

Ella Mai – Boo’d Up

Miguel – Come Through and Chill [ft. J. Cole and Salaam Remi]Childish Gambino – Feels Like Summer

H.E.R. – Focus

Toni Braxton – Long As I Live

Best Urban Contemporary Album

The Carters – Everything Is Love

Chloe x Halle – The Kids Are Alright

Chris Dave and the Drumhedz – Chris Dave and the Drumhedz

Miguel – War & Leisure

Meshell Ndegeocello – Ventriloquism

Best R&B Album

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes

Leon Bridges – Good Thing

Lalah Hathaway – Honestly

H.E.R. – H.E.R.

PJ Morton – Gumbo Unplugged (Live)

Best Dance Recording

Above & Beyond – Northern Soul [ft. Richard Bedford]Disclosure – Ultimatum [ft. Fatoumata Diawara]Fisher – Losing It

Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity [ft. Diplo and Mark Ronson]Virtual Self – Ghost Voices

Best Dance/Electronic Album

Jon Hopkins – Singularity

Justice – Woman

Sofi Tukker – Treehouse

SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides

TOKiMONSTA – Lune Rouge

Best Comedy Album

Patton Oswalt – Annihilation

Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & the Bird Revelation

Jim Gaffigan – Noble Ape

Fred Armisen – Standup for Drummers

Chris Rock – Tamborine

Best Remixed Recording

Labrinth, Sia & Diplo present LSD – Audio (CID Remix Official Dance Remix)

Charlie Puth – How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Remix)

Gabriel & Dresden feat. Sub Teal – Only Road (Cosmic Gate Remix)

Kygo, Justin Jesso – Stargazing [ft. Justin Jesso] (Kaskade Remix)

HAIM – Walking Away (Mura Masa remix)

Music for Visual Media

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Call Me by Your Name

Deadpool 2

The Greatest Showman

Lady Bird

Stranger Things

Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media

Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther

Benjamin Wallfisch & Hans Zimmer – Blade Runner 2049

Michael Giacchino – Coco

Alexandre Desplat – The Shape of Water

John Williams – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Song Written for Visual Media

Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars

Sufjan Stevens – Mystery of Love

Miguel – Remember Me [ft. Natalia Lafourcade]Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow

Keala Settle & the Greatest Showman Ensemble – This Is Me

Best Recording Package

Mitski – Be the Cowboy

BTS – Love Yourself: Tear

St. Vincent – Masseduction

The Chairman – The Offering

Foxhole – Well Kept Thing

Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package

Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (Locked N’ Loaded)

The Decemberists – I’ll Be Your Girl

Grateful Dead – Pacific Northwest ’73-74′: The Complete Recordings

“Weird” Al Yankovic – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic

Sarah Dodds and Shauna Dodds – Too Many Bad Habits

Best Album Notes

Various Artists – Alpine Dreaming: The Helvetia Records Story, 1920-1924 (James P. Leary)

Charles A. Asbury – 4 Banjo Songs, 1891-1897: Foundational Recordings Of America’s Iconic Instrument (Richard Martin & Ted Olson)

Sonny Clark Trio – The 1960 Time Sessions (Ben Ratliff)

Various Artists – The Product Of Our Souls: The Sound And Sway Of James Reese Europe’s Society Orchestra (David Gilbert)

Bob Dylan – Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 (Deluxe Edition) (Amanda Petrusich)

Various Artists – Voices Of Mississippi: Artists And Musicians Documented By William Ferris (David Evans)

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical


Larry Klein

Linda Perry

Kanye West

Pharrell Williams

Best Music Video

The Carters – Apes***

Childish Gambino – This Is America

Joyner Lucas – I’m Not Racist

Janelle Monáe – PYNK

Tierra Whack – MUMBO JUMBO

Best Music Film

Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars




Elvis Presley: The King

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