The list of presenters also includes the immensely popular Korean boy band BTS, singer Kane Brown, Cedric the Entertainer - who was nominated for a Grammy in 2000 for best spoken comedy album - as well as actors Nina Dobrev, Anna Kendrick, Jada Pinkett Smith and Wilmer Valderrama.
The Times' latest story, which was published on February 7, suggests the artists' rejection may have stemmed from a longstanding tension between the Recording Academy and the hip-hop community. A report from the New York Times details the Hip-Hop trio of Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Childish Gambino were all offered time on the GRAMMY stage but declined the opportunity.
The Head of Awards of the Recording Academy, Bill Freimuth, has responded to the issue saying they are viewing it with diligence.
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"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world", Ken Ehrlich, producer of the Grammys telecast, told the Times.
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He is nominated for eight Grammys this year, inlcuding two for Best Rap Song, Best Song, and Rap Performance. "I relax more ... when I know that I am supported by other women ... and I feel like I can do anything".
"So much of rap music history has been about resistance and counterculture - a win also means the approval of mainstream culture", said Akil Houston, a hip-hop scholar at Ohio University.
"Representation is everything", Carlile told AFP at a pre-Grammy gala honoring country legend Dolly Parton.
"I am referred to as a black artist, like last night at [the Grammys], I'm a black artist..."