Ariana Grande Is Saying Thank U, Next To The Grammys, Slams Executive Producer
Ariana Grande explains why she won’t be attending the Grammys.
I’m with the good sis on this one. The Grammys don’t feel particularly exciting this year, so instead of playing the game and promoting her new music, which is topping the charts with or without the Grammys, Ariana has decided to skip it altogether.
“God Is A Woman” is nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, and Sweetener is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.
But wait… wasn’t she confirmed to appear? It’s true. According to a report from Variety, Ariana is bowing out after having a clash with the show’s producers. They initially refused to let Ariana sing her new single, “7 Rings,” the No. 1 song in the country for a second week in a row, and that pissed her off. At some point, they finally agreed to letting her sing it, but only if it was a medley with a second song of their choosing. That was enough for Ariana to dip out.
UPDATE: Ariana confirmed the rumors. She put the show’s executive producer, Ken Ehrlich, on blast after he claimed she wasn’t performing because it was too last minute. Yea, that’s not going to fly.
Ari posted a screen shot of his quote then set the record straight.
“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,” she said. “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.”
She added: “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 y’all.. and i’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.”
Of course, Internet comments are painting Ari to be a diva, but I’m with her on this. The Grammys, an awards show celebrating artists and music, aren’t giving artists the opportunity to sing the songs they want? Does the Recording Academy want an epic flop in the ratings? Does it matter?
Ariana is one of THE main pop girls right now, so it’s their loss, not hers…