She may be everyone’s favorite pop princess of the moment, but Ariana Grande won’t be at this year’s Grammy Awards.
While it’d been advertised that she’d be performing at the awards show, on Wednesday we learned she’s pulled out completely. It seems the 7 Rings singer was “insulted” by the Recording Academy dictating what songs she could perform.
Grande’s latest album, Thank U, Next, drops this Friday, ahead of the Sunday night awards show. She is nominated both for Best Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album.
Grande and the producers allegedly got into a dispute over what songs she’d be allowed to perform. Not being able to perform the songs of her choice, she essentially told them “thank u, next.”
And not only has she decided not to perform, it seems she no longer even intends to attend the event.
Sources have claimed that the producers had initially nixed the idea of the singer performing her latest single, 7 Rings. They reportedly relented to that performance as part of a medley. However, it seems they said it’d be only under the condition that they could select her second song.
Apparently, that still wasn’t OK with Grande.
With her status, we’re surprised they didn’t just let her sing whatever she wanted.
According to a report by Variety, all of the performers were treated with the same level of scrutiny. That includes Miley Cyrus, Camila Cabello, and Shawn Mendes.
However, of those originally slated to perform, Grande is arguably the most currently relevant. She currently holds both the no. 1 and no. 6 spots on the Billboard hot 100 with 7 Rings and thank u, next, respectively. Comparatively, the others aren’t even close to that level of heat right now.
Lady Gaga, however, will reportedly be stepping in to perform on Sunday now. Her latest track, Shallow, recently won a Golden Globe and is currently in the running for an Academy Award, too. The song, which is featured in the film A Star is Born is also nominated for 4 Grammy awards.