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21 Savage team 'reached out' to Grammy artists asking for show of solidarity

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Despite being nominated for two awards at this year's Grammys, the detention of rapper 21 Savage by US immigration authorities was barely mentioned by the assembled music royalty at the ceremony on Sunday.

Only Ludwig Göransson, the producer of Childish Gambino's This Is America, thanked Savage onstage while accepting the award for Record of the Year, and said the rapper "should be here".

Post Malone, nominated with Savage for two awards for Rockstar, was silent on the issue during his performance of the song - although he reportedly wore a Free 21 Savage t-shirt that no one could see.

Savage's co-manager, Kei Henderson, said she approached a number of music stars to give a shout out to the detained rapper during the awards night, but added "it just didn't work out that way".

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Atlanta-based rapper 21 Savage, a British citizen, is being held by US officials due to an expired visa.

His legal team say that he arrived in the US from the UK in 1999, aged seven.

But the USA's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service says the musician arrived in 2005 aged 12 and went on to overstay his visa.

21 Savage's lawyers concede that the 26-year-old doesn't have the correct documents, but say they expired when he was a child, "through no fault of his own".

Artists including Jay-Z, Cardi B, Meek Mill and Offset have called for his release.

Monday night saw Metro Boomin wear a Free 21 Savage shirt during his performance on The Tonight Show - and this time you couldn't miss it.

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Nicki Minaj is not happy with BET after the Grammys

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The rapper reacted, shall we say badly, to a misjudged humorous tweet posted by the US entertainment channel during Sunday night's awards.

The since-deleted tweet suggested she was "being dragged by her lacefront,” after her rival Cardi B - with whom she has a troubled relationship - picked up best rap album.

Nicki did not care for the wig-based joke and cancelled her headline slot on its annual BET Experience festival in the US this summer.

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Her fans took to social media in droves and BET has now issued a grovelling apology to the wounded artist saying the post "should never have been written".

"The post does not reflect how we feel about Nicki", continued the statement. "We deeply apologise for the hurt, disappointment and confusion that this post has caused.

"We apologise to all of her fans.This should have never happened.”

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The rapper has also showed some solidarity with fellow artist Ariana Grande, who pulled out of performing at Sunday's Grammy awards after a disagreement with producer Ken Erlich over what song she could perform.

She branded producers liars after they accused her of struggling to put a performance together for the show.

Now Nicki has said she was "bullied" by producers after falling out with them and promise to tell all in her radio show (below).

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