Grammys no-shows: which A-listers protested – and which ones just went for sushi instead?

By Nadim Nyker
13 February 2017

A handful of stars were conscientious objectors to last night's red carpet battle. Others. . . well they just had better things to do.

Sunday night's Grammy Awards came in a much divisive time in American politics. And with some of music's biggest names also not attending the event, division between the event organisers and artists have also come to light.  Taylor Swift There have been rumours of bad blood between T. Swift and the good folks at the Grammys since she wasn't nominated at all this year. Well yes – since she didn't release any new music in 2016. But the 27-year-old singer, who's won 10 Grammys, seems to be taking a hiatus of sorts from the spotlight since her highly publicised break-up from The Night Manager star Tom Hiddleston (36). We all need some downtime, right?

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Frank Ocean 

It's no surprise the Lost singer was nowhere to be seen on Sunday night. Frank (29) is still fuming at the organisation, which he wrote about in an open letter on his Tumblr account last week.

He was hitting back at Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich and writer David Wild, who dubbed Frank's performance at the 2013 Grammys "Forrest Gump", and accused the singer of being too "rigid" in his vision for the show.

"Yeah, yeah, my 2013 performance at the Grammys was absolute s**t. Technical difficulties, blah blah," he fired back at the pair.

"F**k that performance though. You think that's why I kept my work out of the Grammy process this year? Don't you think I'd have wanted to play the show to 'redeem' myself if I felt that way?

"In reality I actually wanted to participate in honouring Prince on the show but then I figured my best tribute to that man's legacy would be to continue to be myself out here and to be successful. Winning a TV award doesn't christen me successful."

In November Frank, who took home the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration in 2013, told the New York Times that the show "doesn't seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from".

Kanye West 

Yeezy said in October that if Frank Ocean didn't get nominated he wouldn't attend the Grammys. Although his pal wasn't nominated because he didn't submit his work, Kanye (39) was still a no-show at the awards. Mother-in-law Kris Jenner, a co-host on E!'s Live From the Red Carpet, spoke on behalf of the rapper, who was nominated six times at this year's event. She said that the father of two had been in New York preparing for his Yeezy show at New York Fashion Week.

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Justin Bieber 

Justin's reps told TMZ  the Sorry singer, who was nominated four times this year, "doesn't think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers". 

So he did what any self-respecting millennial superstar would do – he went out for sushi instead.

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Selena Gomez 

Selena (24) not attending the show was quite a surprise for fans as her rumoured bae, The Weeknd, performed with Daft Punk.

Although SelGo was said to be in Los Angeles, she could have wanted to keep her relationship private for a bit longer as this would be the first red carpet event for the new couple. The Kill Em With Kindess singer could be just wanting some rest, too, as she took to Instagram on Sunday with a cup of coffee in hand, captioning the pic, "Morning walks."

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The Canadian rapper won two Grammys on Sunday for best rap song and best rap/sung performance for Hotline Bling.

There was much excitement for Drake (30) to hit the red carpet with exes Jennifer Lopez (47) and Rihanna (29) also attending. But he was too busy performing on tour in Manchester, England.

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Sources: E Online, Bustle, Just Jared,

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