21 Savage was set to attend tonight’s ceremony but as you may have heard, he was arrested last week and is being threatened with deportation because of ICE questioning his citizenship.
His co-manager took to Twitter to complain that those involved with the Grammys won’t let his mother take his ticket. Here’s what he has to say:
Because there are just so many damn Grammys, a whole bunch have already been announced, including some rather big ones. It’s been a good night for Lady Gaga already and Ariana Grande, a no-show, has won her first Grammy.
Here are some of the big winners so far:
Best pop solo performance: Lady Gaga – Joanne
Best pop vocal album: Ariana Grande – Sweetener
Best music video: Childish Gambino – This is America
Best urban contemporary album: Beyonce and Jay-Z – Everything is Love
Best R&B song: Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
Best alternative music album: Beck – Colors
Best music film: Quincy
Best comedy album: Dave Chappelle – Equanimity & the Bird Revelation
Best Americana album: Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
Best song written for visual media: Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
One big name who won’t be performing, or even attending, tonight is Ariana Grande, despite being heavily featured in ads promoting the ceremony. Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich had originally said that Grande was initially slated to appear but “felt it was too late for her to pull something together”.
The singer responded on Twitter claiming this was incorrect. “I’ve kept mouth shut but now you’re lying about me,” she tweeted, explaining her absence was down to a stifling of creativity and self-expression.
It’s a major blow for the producers with Grande sitting pretty at the very top of the food chain and comes after a similar problem last year when Lorde refused to perform after only being offered a spot in a Tom Petty tribute over a solo sequence.
Time to face the music
Music’s biggest, and longest, night is here yet again with a host of major names lined up to either win, lose or perform. This year’s nominees are led by Kendrick Lamar, whose explosive opening was one of last year’s inarguable highlights, and after winning five awards that same night, he’s up for eight for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack.
It’s a film that’s featuring heavily this awards season, as the first superhero adventure ever to receive a best picture nomination, and just two weeks after it picked up the biggest award of the night at the SAGs, can it dominate the Grammys as well?
Competition comes in the form of Drake, Boi-1da, Brandi Carlile, Cardi B and Lady Gaga, whose Star is Born soundtrack should also be a force to reckon with. She’s one of many A-list performers scheduled for the night, alongside Janelle Monae, Miley Cyrus, Ricky Martin, Diana Ross and Shawn Mendes.
We’ll be here for the whole damn thing. Come sit with us.