In recent years, award shows have become a topic of high controversy. Last year’s Academy Awards were heavily criticized for the lack of diversity, starting up the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite
Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Drake are ‘boycotting’ the Grammys this year following the lead of Frank Ocean, who chose not to submit his 2016 album Blonde.
In an interview with New York Times, Ocean stated “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” speaking about the lack of representation and diversity on award shows.
Grammy nominees Drake and Justin Bieber stated the grammy’s are neither “relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers”. And Kanye, whose racked up a total of 21 Grammy awards so far, says he’s never won when up against a white singer.
Although not in anger, the artists are said to not be attending the show this year.
So who is attending the 59th annual Grammy Awards?
Hosted by James Corden, the show will include performances from Adele, Bruno Mars, Metallica, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Daft Punk and the Weeknd, Alicia Keys and Maren Morris as well as A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak and Dave Grohl will perform together as well.
The 2017 Grammy’s will air on February 12th.