From Leaks to Boycotts: Ariana Grande Refuses the Grammys
Beginning with fake leaks of the Grammys winners’ list and the questionable recognition the Recording Academy has given to mainstream female artists, such as Beyonce and Taylor Swift, the anticipation of the 2019 Grammy Awards may have lessened.
Ariana Grande has declared she will not be performing at the Grammys on Sunday, Feb 10, due to disagreements with Recording Academy producers. According to Variety, Grande made preparation to perform her latest single “7 Rings,” which is number one the Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart and the third single off her forthcoming album thank u, next.
However, RA producers denied this matter but agreed to allow Grande to perform her hit single “thank u, next” in the medley of songs she “would have” performed. Inevitably, the producers wanted a say so on the other songs that she would’ve included.
In a series of tweets, Ariana Grande claimed the Grammys producer was “lying about” her reason for no longer attending nor performing.
“Mhmmm here it is ! “too late for her to pull something together……,” she Tweeted with a screenshot of an interview that one of the show’s producers, Ken Ehrlich, did with the Associated Press.
Ehrlich told the publication: “As it turned out when we finally got the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure. And it’s too bad. She’s a great artist. And I’d love to get her in the show this year.”
To that, Grande responded via Twitter: “I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”
Taylor Swift also won’t be at Sunday’s ceremony due to filming the movie musical “Cats” in London. She has one nod for Best Pop Vocal Album alongside Grande.
Grande has two nods for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Solo Performance. She is esteemed as one of the year’s biggest snubs according Rolling Stone as she is one of the mainstream female artist shutout of the major categories.
Nonetheless, there are other confirmed female artists such as Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, Cardi B, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R., Kacy Musgraves, and Janelle Monae.
Update: Grande’s “Sweetener” was awarded Best Pop Vocal Album.