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.