Report: Kanye, Drake, Bieber Will Not Attend Grammys This Year

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Drake all plan to skip this year’s Grammys, a new report claims.

All three of the hit singers, who are nominated for awards at next month’s show, will reportedly be no-shows for several different reasons, including that the show is “irrelevant” for young performers, TMZ reported on Monday. (RELATED: Kanye West Releases Shocking New Video Featuring ‘Naked’ Donald Trump, Taylor Swift And Caitlyn Jenner)

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Rapper Drake accepts Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist onstage during the 2016 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Thirty-nine-year-old rapper Kanye, who is up for eight of the music awards, has reportedly said he will not be attending because the show is “out of touch.” (RELATED: Taylor Swift Just Blew Kanye West Away With This Acceptance Speech)

“There’s no real anger, it’s just that a lot of younger singers think the Grammys are out of touch and arguably irrelevant,” a source close to the singer told the outlet.

While 22-year-old Bieber — who has been nominated for four awards — is actively making plans to be somewhere else on the day of the show.

“He just doesn’t think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers,” the same source said.
Justin Bieber performs a medley of songs at the 2016 Billboard Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., May 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files

(photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Files)

Thirty-year-old rapper Drake, who is up for eight awards, will also skip the show as he will reportedly be out of the country and on tour in Europe on the night of the show, February 12.

Frank Ocean, who many say could easily have won the album of the year with his latest work “Blonde,” decided not to submit it for consideration for similar reasons as Bieber and Kanye, according to another report.

“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” Ocean recently told The New York Times. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down. I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated. I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”

Katie Jerkovich

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