Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino Turn Down Grammys Performances

Alicia Keys and James Corden

As for the awards, Lamar leads this year's nominations with a total of eight nods, including album of the year for the "Black Panther" soundtrack followed closely by Drake who scored seven nominations.

In addition to Grande, Ehrlich reported Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino turned down invitations to appear during the Grammys on account of the show's history of ignoring hip-hop artists.

The Head of Awards of the Recording Academy, Bill Freimuth, has responded to the issue saying they are viewing it with diligence.

Among the group are current Grammy nominees Kelsea Ballerini, who's up for best country album, as well as best new artist nominee Luke Combs and Leon Bridges, nominated for two awards, including best R&B album.

"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world", he said. "As much as I'm nominated, I would not be anything without the village of women who are walking into their truth", she said. Brandi Carlile is up for six awards, while Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Maren Morris and H.E.R. each have five nominations.

Lady Gaga boasts five nominations including for both Record and Song of the Year for her heart-pounding hit "Shallow", which she performed in the film "A Star Is Born" with co-star Bradley Cooper.

"We can blame men, and we can blame the industry and we can blame commerce, but it has to start with us", the 37-year-old told Variety.

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St. Vincent is nominated for Best Rock Song for "Masseduction" and Best Alternative Music Album Masseduction.

After last year's shutout, Jay-Z dissed the Academy in "APES**T" - his track with wife Beyonce - vying on Sunday for Best Music Video, along with four other boundary-pushing black nominees.

Sunday's ceremony, hosted by songstress Alicia Keys, will feature performances by Gaga, Cardi B, Carlile and Monae.

Tributes to Aretha Franklin and Dolly Parton are also planned, alongside a Diana Ross performance in honour of her 75th birthday and her musical achievements.

Be sure to check out PEOPLE's full Grammys coverage to get the latest news on music's biggest night.

The Grammys gala will air Sunday from 5:00 pm (0100 GMT Monday).

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