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Ariana Grande boycotts the Grammys

  • Published at 08:57 pm February 8th, 2019
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File photo of Ariana Grande | Reuters

The singer has been nominated for two Grammys and was supposed to perform at the award ceremony to be held on Sunday

Ariana Grande has pulled out as a performer at the 2019 Grammys due to dispute with the Recording Academy. 

The singer has been nominated for two Grammys and was supposed to perform at the award ceremony to be held on Sunday.

But a report this week claimed she backed out after a disagreement with producers and will no longer be attending the show. 

Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told the Associated Press Thursday that the Recording Academy wanted her to perform after having “conversations over the past month or so.”

“As it turned out when we finally got to the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure,” he claimed. 

“And it’s too bad. She’s a great artist. And I’d love to get her in the show this year.”

Grande took to Twitter to call his statement a lie. 

She tweeted: “I can pull together a performance over night and you know that Ken.” 

“It was when my creativity and self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.”

According to Variety‘s initial report, producers would not let Grande sing her latest record-breaking single “7 Rings” unless it was part of a medley and they picked the second song. Other artists purportedly did not have the same stipulation.

The Grammys have been heavily promoting Grande’s attendance ahead of the awards show.

Grande is not the only artist to have issue with the Grammys. Ehrlich told the New York Times that Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino all turned down offers to perform this year.