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Taylor Swift joins Ariana Grande in swerving the Grammys

Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Drake all turned down performance slots, too

Despite at least some effort to keep up to date from the Recording Academy, the disconnect between music culture in the real world and the Grammy Awards is beginning to really shine through, with various artists giving this year’s ceremony a miss.

A representative for Taylor Swift has confirmed, speaking to Refinery29, that the singer won’t be attending the awards show due to conflict with her shooting schedule for a live-action adaptation of Cats. This means that she joins Ariana Grande (who was also slated to perform before accusing Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about her) in swerving the ceremony.

Swift unwillingness to take time out to attend what has long been considered one of the biggest annual events in music is telling. It suggests just how disconnected the awards show has become with artists and fans alike. And it’s not just women (who have historically been treated poorly when it comes to the Grammys) that are taking a stand/just not bothering to show up, either.

Notable rap and R&B acts, who have previously been left out in the Recording Academy’s awards process, are also acting pretty indifferent towards the show. As revealed in an interview with Ehrlich in the New York Times last week (February 7), Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, and Drake all turned down performance slots at this year’s Grammys, sending a similar message.