Many artists have declined to perform at this Sunday’s Grammy awards, according to producer Ken Ehrlich, “the Grammys has failed to connect to the Hip-Hop community,” and with Hip-Hop being the most popular genre at the moment, that’s a big problem. “When they don’t take home the big prize, the regard of the academy, and what the Grammys represent, continue to be less meaningful to the hip-hop community, which is sad,” Ehrlich said.
Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande have all declined to perform at this year’s show, Grande, who wanted to perform her new song, 7 Rings, was told she couldn’t, therefore she’s boycotting. Mostly women and the Hip-Hop community have criticized the Grammys for not being inclusive, last year only one woman won a solo award and JAY-Z who’s been nominated eight times, lost again. Kendrick Lamar won a Pulitzer Prize for his album DAMN but lost in the Album of the Year category.
The Grammys put together a task force to help identify biases faced by underrepresented communities, do you think it will help bring more representation? What should be the requirements to win a Grammy?