Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the Academy followed through on its promise to make the awards more diverse this year. Now, it looks like the Recording Academy (AKA the organization responsible for making tonight鈥檚 Grammy Awards happen) has become the newest target for backlash, with claims running rampant that they are simply not open to diversity and that the ceremony is out of touch.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Justin Bieber attends The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for NARAS)

Despite the Grammys鈥 best efforts to make positive changes, (including a trans-positive move), TMZ has confirmed that four huge names in the music industry 鈥 Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Drake 鈥 will not be attending this year鈥檚 ceremony in protest.

Biebs, for one, 鈥渏ust doesn鈥檛 think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers,鈥 despite being nominated for four major awards, including Album of the Year for Purpose.

Then there鈥檚 Kanye, who鈥檒l be passing on the ceremony and his eight chances (!) to spend time in his own spotlight onstage because, despite having 21 golden gramophones at home, he doesn鈥檛 think the awards are 鈥渃ulturally relevant.鈥 What鈥檚 more, he told fans at a concert in October that 鈥渢he album I listen to the most this year is Frank Ocean鈥檚 album. If his album is not nominated in no categories, I鈥檓 not coming to the Grammys. As artists we gotta come together.鈥

Interestingly enough, Frank Ocean chose not to submit his album, Blonde, for consideration on purpose, claiming that the Recording Academy 鈥渄oesn鈥檛 seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from.鈥 He also took producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild to task personally on his tumblr, telling them that 鈥渨inning an award doesn鈥檛 christen him successful,鈥 and that seeing Taylor Swift鈥檚 1989 beat out To Pimp a Butterfly was 鈥渉ands down one of the most faulty TV moments I鈥檝e ever seen.鈥


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Finally, we have Drake. The newly single rapper, who also has an incredible eight noms, including Best Rap Song for 鈥淗otline Bling,鈥 is on tour in Europe (and facing major backlash over a supposed incident in which he has been accused of asking a woman to take off her hijab in concert). 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know why, but this year Drake decided that he should take dates in Europe on the weekend of the Grammys, so he鈥檚 not going to be with us,鈥 Ken Ehrlich, a Grammys producer, told People. 鈥淲e would have loved to have had him, but he chose not to be here.鈥

Luckily, we鈥檒l have Bey鈥檚 bump on watch to distract us from their absence!

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