Justin Bieber, Drake + Kanye West Will Reportedly Skip 2017 Grammys
Despite being up for four awards — including Album of the Year — Bieber reportedly has no plans to attend the Grammys, according to TMZ. The site says “he just doesn’t think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers.”
Drake, meanwhile, is scheduled to perform at Manchester Arena the same night as the 2017 Grammy Awards, so his potential (though not confirmed) absence from the awards show could simply be the cause of conflicting schedules.
Kanye — who, like Drake, is up for eight awards — reportedly won’t make the show because, despite having 21 previous wins, “he always lost when he went head-to-head against a white singer.”
Bieber, Drake and Kanye wouldn’t be the first big names not to show, either. Frank Ocean made headlines last year when he revealed he’d abstained from submitting his 2016 album Blonde for Grammy consideration.
“I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated,” he said in an interview with The New York Times. “I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
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