All of the Stars Who Skipped the 2019 Grammys — and Why They Didn't Show
Grande confirmed she would not be at the Grammys because of a dispute between producer Ken Ehrlich and her team. She did so through a string of tweets that revealed that she felt creatively "stifled" and offered up three songs to perform — but no dice. Despite the drama, Grande won best pop vocal album for Sweetener, and she still got to wear the custom ice-blue Zac Posen ballgown she'd planned for the red carpet.
JAY-Z & Beyoncé
The Carters made the rounds at his annual Roc Nation Brunch ahead of the Grammys but made it clear on their song 2018 single "Apesh-t" that they would not be attending the show. JAY-Z raps, "Tell the Grammys f-ck that 0-for-8 sh-t/ Have you ever seen the crowd goin’ apesh-t?” The rapper was referring to being nominated eight times for his 4:44 album in 2018 and not winning in any of his categories.
This year, the couple is nominated for best urban contemporary album for their joint album Everything Is Love and if they win, it'll be their first Grammy win as a couple.
Lovato scored her second Grammy nomination ever for her best pop duo/group performance with Christina Aguilera for "Fall in Line," but lost to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper for their performance of "Shallow."
The singer did not make it to the show, which was not surprising considering that she's been laying low since her recent return home from rehab.
John Legend & Chrissy Teigen
Teigen tweeted a photo of a sleeping Legend with a punny message to his fans: "no Grammys for us today. john got an EGOT and egot lazy."
The singer is up for best musical theater album for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert; hopefully he'll be awake to see if he loses or wins.
The five-time nominee, four-time winner (also known as Donald Glover) became the first rapper to take home a trophy for record of the year - but he wasn't there to collect it in person. He turned down an invitation from the show to perform, and producer Ken Erlich admitted, "We continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world."
First-time Grammy nominee and winner Cooper won best pop duo/group performances with Lady Gaga for "Shallow" — but wasn't there to pick up the trophy. Instead, the actor was at the BAFTAs in London, where he was nominated five times for his film A Star Is Born and took home a trophy for the film's music.
The superstar rapper has taken home 12 Grammys in the past, but never top honors; he was nominated for album of the year for his work on the Black Panther soundtrack, but sat the ceremony out along with many of the other hip-hop nominees.
Clarkson hit Twitter to announce why she would be missing the Grammys this year. "I’m out touring so couldn’t make #Grammys2019 tonight BUT couldn’t b more appreciative 4 the nomination & couldn’t be more excited 4 everyone there!," she wrote. "2 all the artists nominated & not nominated, win or lose, feel blessed that u get to do what u do 4 a living!"
The singer was nominated for best pop vocal album for Meaning of Life but lost to Ariana Grande's Sweetener.
The bad gal herself has been so focused on her Fenty Beauty and Savage x Fenty lines that music has taken a back seat since she released Anti three years ago. Rihanna did confirm that her next album will come out in 2019, so the singer can hopefully add to her nine Grammys at home at next year's award show.
Kanye & Kim Kardashian West
Although West has one Grammy nomination this year for producer of the year, non-classical, the rapper's latest album Ye received none. Considering that he's already won 21 Grammys, we're sure Kim doesn't mind skipping this year.
Justin Bieber & Hailey Baldwin
Bieber has taken a break from music since he canceled the last 14 shows of his Purpose tour back in 2017, and has been focusing on newlywed life with wife Hailey. The singer won his first Grammy for "Where Are Ü Now" in 2015 and we're sure that won't be the last.
Minaj's album Queen was completely overlooked this year. In the past, she's been nominated 10 times but has never won.