Kanye West missed the Grammy Awards because he was too busy with his fashion empire.

The 'Famous' hitmaker was notably absent from Sunday (12.02.17) evening's ceremony but his mother-in-law Kris Jenner admitted she wishes he had joined her at the event at Los Angeles' Staples Center, and explained he was tied up preparing for his upcoming New York Fashion Week show so was unable to be there.

Kris said on the red carpet: ''The truth is he's got a big fashion show in New York because it's New York Fashion Week. And my entire family is back there. ... Some of the kids are on their way tomorrow. He's got a lot of work to do. We wish he could be here!''

While the 39-year-old rapper - who has children North, three, and Saint, 14 months, with wife Kim Kardashian West - wasn't at the ceremony, host James Corden couldn't resist teasing the audience when he introduced Recording Academy president Neil Portnow.

He said: ''Some call him Yeezy, North West calls him Daddy and Kim Kardashian calls him...

''Oh, I'm sorry. I get those two confused all the time.''

Kanye previously vowed not to attend the Grammys if his friend Frank Ocean didn't score any nominations for his album 'Blonde' - a record which ultimately didn't make the shortlists as the musician deliberately didn't submit it for consideration.

Kanye said in October: ''The album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album.

''I'll tell you this right now: If his album is not nominated in no categories, I'm not showing up to the Grammys. As artists, we've got to come together to fight the bulls**t.

''Now Frank Ocean, on the other hand, is very vocal that his album wasn't nominated for the Grammys, right? Since he's vocal, no one wants to say nothing about it. No one wants to do nothing about it.

''And I'm saying this to y'all because a lot of people try to make a scene, like, 'I'm so self-centered.' ''