Drake, Kanye West, Justin Bieber Are All Skipping the 2017 Grammys

“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.”

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Three superstars (and counting) have already dropped out of attendance for this year’s Grammys, TMZ reports. Drake, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber will not be supporting the annual event.

West, who is popular for vocalizing his controversial opinions, expressed his views toward the Grammys after last year’s show. “I feel the Grammy awarding system is way off and completely out of touch,” he tweeted in February 2016. “You like your black people a certain way also. You wouldn’t have Future perform and that man owned the clubs last summer. Has anyone at the Grammys ever heard ‘March Madness’???” ‘Ye is nominated for six awards this year, including Best Rap Album.

The trio joins Frank Ocean, who previously said he would not be attending and did not submit either Blonde or Endless for nominations, despite them both being eligible.“That institution certainly has nostalgic importance,” Ocean told the New York Times last year. “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.”

Bieber won’t be in the audience because he reportedly “doesn’t think the Grammys are relevant or representative, especially when it comes to young singers.” The “Sorry” singer’s  fourth studio album, Purpose, is nominated for Album of the Year.

Due to the Canadian superstar currently being in the middle of his European tour, Drake will be unable to make an appearance. Young Thug will be opening for him, so he likely won’t be able to attend as well. Drake received multiple nominations, including Album of the Year for his highly anticipated album Views.

The Grammy Awards air on CBS Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET.