Grammy Collabs Announced, Boycotts Rumored

Daft Punk is returning, Kanye is skipping

Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images • January 31, 2017

Kanye has already made his mark on the 2017 Grammy Awards. He’s not going. Joining him in this quest are Frank Ocean, Drake and JBiebs. It’s a drastic change from his performance at the event last year.

Despite all the nominations for Biebs, Drake and Kanye they don’t seem to be willing to show up. Biebs just feels the Grammys are out of touch, Drizzy will be on tour in Europe and we already knew Frank Ocean didn’t submit his albums for Grammy consideration so it’s no surprise he’s not showing up. However, Yeezy’s absence speaks volumes. The 21-time Grammy Award receiver is a bit jaded about some of the accolades he didn’t receive. The rapper — who has been nominated for 67 Grammy Awards including 2017’s nominations — has never won when going head to head with a white artist.

Looking at the numbers, it gives validity to the viewpoint Frank Ocean expressed to 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.”

Meanwhile, more performers were announced in addition to last week’s list. Rock ’n’ roll legend Dave Grohl is teaming up with A Tribe Called Quest and hip-hop’s newest up and comer Anderson .Paak for what is going to be a most interesting collaborative performance on the Grammy stage in some time.

UPDATE: Apparently, Dave Grohl is not performing with A Tribe Called Quest and Anderson .Paak. It is unclear if he will be performing or even in attendence at the awards show at all.

But most exciting about the 2017 Grammy Awards is Daft Punk’s return to the stage. It has been three years since the legendary duo have graced anyone with their ever-mysterious presence. For all we know, you’ve probably seen Daft Punk at the grocery store while hearing a Daft Punk song playing in said store and were none the wiser...

The electric duo will be joining The Weeknd for their collaborative hit single “Starboy.” It seems fitting as it is their first ever No. 1 single.

Needless to say, we’re stoked for the Grammy performers this year, and you should be too. Despite protests and controversy — which we hope the Grammys do take into consideration — the Grammys is a night filled with music, culture and arts that preach positivity throughout trying times.