The Grammy Awards is one of the biggest events of the year, but there were four HUGE artists, all whom have multiple Grammys, that were noticeably absent from Sunday night’s show. Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake and Frank Ocean.
So where were they? Here’s what we know:
Drake skipped out on the 59th Annual event because he was busy on tour in Europe. The good news is, that didn’t stop Drizzy from picking up a few Grammy wins. The Canadian rapper won for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Hotline Bling.”
The 30-year-old wasn’t there to accept the awards, but he did write on Instagram: “Me and my chain are just here to collect the trophies for Work and Anti…howbowdah.”
Frank Ocean, whose album Blonde and Endless should have been recognized but missed the deadline, confirmed last year that he would be sitting this one out. “That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” he told the New York Times. “It just doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down.”
He added, “I think the infrastructure of the awarding system and the nomination system and screening system is dated … I’d rather this be my Colin Kaepernick moment for the Grammys than sit there in the audience.”
Yeezy, who had eight nominations, skipped out for a few reasons, including being in solidarity with Ocean. In October 2016, Kim Kardashian’s husband threatened to boycott this year’s show after Ocean’s album Blonde and Endless was ineligible for this year’s ballot.
TMZ also reported that Ye felt like he would simply lose to a white artist, so why show. Ye is one of several stars who feel the Grammys are irrelevant to younger artists. By the way, Yeezy didn’t pick up a single Grammy win this go around.
Bieber also had the same sentiment, which is why he didn’t show up. Despite having four nominations, JB was absent because according to TMZ, he thinks the organization isn’t a true representation of artists across the board.
The Grammy’s, however, shouldn’t take Justin’s feelings personally.
Back in May 2016, the Biebs went on a rant about awards show being “hollow.” Following the Billboard Music Awards, the singer suggested “I don’t know about these award shows.. No disrespect to anybody at any of the shows or the people running it. Nothing but love for you guys and your support. But I don’t feel good when I’m there nor after.”
He added, “I just think to myself if I’m living my purpose I want the reward to be fulfillment. I’m getting awarded for the things that I’m doing and not for who I am which is understandable I know it would probably be hard to calculate and award someone’s spirit lol.”
By the way, instead of going to the biggest event in music, Bieber opted for a nice sushi meal. The singer chronicled his night out through IG stories.
Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’
Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.
In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.
Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”
While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark.
She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”
“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”
The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”
Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”
Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.
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