Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Childish Gambino turned down Grammys

Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino

Kendrick Lamar Drake and Childish Gambino

Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Childish Gambino all reportedly declined to perform at the show.

"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world", Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammys telecast, told the Times.

Lamar leads this year with eight nominations, followed by Drake who has seven. Plus, as Ken Ehrlich points out, The Grammys decision making when it comes to hip-hop awards isn't always spot on-like last year, when Kendrick lost in the Album of the Year category but went on to win a Pulitzer prize.

According to some seating chart photos, it looks like at least Mr. Lamar will be in attendance at the event-though the same can't be confirmed for Childish Gambino or Drake.

Not everyone wants to be part of Music's Biggest Night.

When asked backstage how women could be better represented, Portnow said: "It's hard to have a balanced show".

"I don't think you can say anyone is a front-runner", said Melinda Newman, West Coast editor of Billboard magazine. Several big names with big album releases were snubbed.

The live ceremony in Los Angeles could see Cardi B take home her first ever Grammy and potentially become the first rapper since 2004 to win the coveted album of the year award for her "Invasion of Privacy".

Taylor Swift, who has just one nod for her best-selling 2017 album "Reputation", is filming in London. "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", Grande tweeted following an Associated Press interview where Erhlich said that she "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".

Pop singer Ariana Grande recently put the academy on blast after allegations that she was replaced as a live performer because she couldn't get it together in time. She brings the total number of artists who turned down performances to four, according to Ehrlich himself.

CNN has reached out to the Recording Academy for additional comment.