Updated: Ariana Grande Clarifies Why She Won't Perform at the Grammys
An initial report claimed the singer wouldn't show after a disagreement over "7 Rings," but she tweeted the show's producer was 'lying about' her.
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UPDATE Friday 8 February: Ariana Grande responded on social media to an Associated Press news report that claimed she wouldn't be able to perform at this year's Grammy Awards after a disagreement with the ceremony's producers. The show's lead producer Kenneth Ehrlich had told the AP that Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure", but on Twitter she provided her own account.
"i’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me," she wrote. "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.
"i offered 3 different songs. it’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. it’s about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games. it’s just a game [to] y’all. and i’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me."
She added that she hoped "that helps everyone understand my decision. i am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year". And that's that on that. See our original story from Thursday below:
It looks like Ariana Grande may be sitting Grammy season out this year, despite being nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Performance. According to Variety, a disagreement about the singer's setlist for Sunday's show was enough to cause Grande to withdraw from the award show altogether.
A source close to the Sweetener singer told Variety Grande felt "insulted" after Grammys producers nixed a full rendition of "7 Rings" as a part of her performance, relegating the controversial song only to a medley. The report claims the show's producers wanted creative control of the other songs that would appear in the medley, a demand that wasn't enforced for other performers.
The news of Grande pulling out from the Grammys comes at a time where the award show appears to be trying to repair Neil Portnow's comments about women from last year's show. According to Portnow, if women wanted to be recognised they should "step up." The 2018 Grammys faced more backlash after Alessia Cara was the only woman to be honoured during the broadcast. If Grande's situation sounds eerily familiar, that's because it is. Last year, Lorde declined to perform after being the only Album of the Year nominee without a solo performance. The Melodrama singer was reportedly asked to perform in a Tom Petty tribute. The prospect of the show wanting to micromanage Grande's performance poses questions on whether the Recording Academy has truly learned their lesson.
Kristin Corry is a staff writer for Noisey. Follow her on Twitter.
This article originally appeared on Noisey US.