Drake, Travis Barker Weigh In On Kanye Absence

(AllHipHop News) Canadian rapper Drake discussed his upcoming performance tonight (January 31) during the 52nd annual Grammy awards tonight.

Late last week it was announced that Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne and Travis Barker would perform their hit single “Forever.”

Controversial rapper Kanye West will not be performing with the trio of rappers tonight, despite having a standout verse on the track.

Reports have surfaced that West’s album 808s & Heartbreak was snubbed by Grammy’s, although his single “Amazing” garnered one, while his collaborations with artists other artists like Drake, Eminem, Keri Hilson and Ne-Yo earned him five nominations.

Drake told The Canadian Press he believed West's absence was voluntary.

"I know he's in a great creative space right now and I think that he's working on his project ... it's going to be incredible, trust me,” Drake told The Canadian Press. “To be performing here this year is like, I had a lot of sleepless nights, man, as a young kid. All this proves they were well worth it. I thought about this, and it came to fruition."

Drummer Travis Barker told MTV that he didn’t expect West to show up and perform, stating that he heard the Chicago rapper was “in Hawaii” working on album. He recommended West “stay there.”

The 52nd annual Grammy Awards air at 8:00 PM EST on CBS, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles.