The Grammy Awards used to be the most important night of the music industry’s social calendar, with artists overjoyed to win one of the awards. However, it seems that this year, event organisers might struggle to even have the night’s nominee’s show up, after it’s emerged that Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Drake are all planning to boycott the ceremony on 12 February.
Despite being nominated for four Grammys, insiders say that Justin Bieber, 22, has no intention of attending the awards show, and is actually planning to be somewhere else on the night. Of the Sorry singer, insiders told TMZ: “He just doesn't think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers.
Canadian singer Drake is also said to be planning to skip the ceremony – which is being hosted by James Corden – for the same reasons as Justin, as he too thinks the awards are irrelevant. The Hotline Bling hit maker racked up even more nominations than Bieber, with eight nods.
Another no-show that will be a big blow to show organisers is Kanye West. The 39-year-old Famous rapper is up for eight awards on the night, but also plans to not appear. Unlike Justin and Drake, the reasons behind Kim Kardashian’s husband’s decision are said to be racially motivated. Sources reveal that while Kanye, who has openly criticised the lack of diversity at the Grammys in the past, has won 21 of the prestigious gong in the past, he's never won when competing against a white artist. An insider added: “There's no real anger, it's just that a lot of younger singers think the Grammys are out of touch and arguably irrelevant,” added the insider.
This celebrity boycott comes after singer Frank Ocean refused to submit his album, Blonde, for award consideration, despite it being thought by many to be one of the top albums of 2016. Will Drake, Bieber and Kanye West stay true to their word? We’ll find out!