Do the Grammys also have a race problem?
CNN has reached out to the three rappers for comment.
Lamar leads this year with eight nominations, followed by Drake who has seven. Childish Gambino has five nominations.
The Recording Academy has made an effort to diversify its membership amid complaints that the Grammys are not an even playing field for minority and women artists.
In 2017, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in an interview with Pitchfork that he didn’t think there was a race problem.
Grammy chief: There’s no ‘race problem’
“We don’t, as musicians, in my humble opinion, listen to music based on gender or race or ethnicity,” Portnow said then. “When you go to vote on a piece of music — at least the way that I approach it — is you almost put a blindfold on and you listen.”
CNN has reached out to the Recording Academy for additional comment.
The 61st Grammy Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CBS.