A tribute to the late Aretha Franklin is also planned.
Viewers may also be paying close attention to the number of female winners, as a year ago the show made headlines when Alessia Cara was the only woman to nab a solo Grammy. "I'm apparently a rapper, even though "Hotline Bling" is not a rap song", he told BBC 1xtra's DJ Semtex. "I can't figure out why".
Looming predictions of rain could also put a damper on this year's awards ceremony.
His reps declined to comment on why the star didn't want to grace this year's stage, despite doing so last year. Childish Gambino himself received four nominations, however, there are now nod details if any of the three will be in attendance at all.
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.
"The fact of the matter is, we continue to have a problem in the hip-hop world", he said.
Another star who notably will not be perfoming at this year's awards is Ariana Grande. "And it's too bad. And I'd love to get her in the show this year". "As an artist who speaks to the power of music for good, a role model, and a spokesperson for change, we are thrilled to have her on board for what's sure to be an unforgettable Grammy Awards".
When Grande read the interview, she took to Twitter to set the story straight.
"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy", Keys said in January when the Recording Academy tapped her as host.
"If something's really important to you and you really, really care about it, don't forget to just soak it in", she continued, adding, "Because sometimes you can keep working for something and you do it, you do it right, but it doesn't mean that you necessarily super let yourself go and let yourself enjoy it". "It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more".