Uh oh, Arianators! ICYMI, there were whispers recently that Ariana Grande might not be performing at this year’s Grammys. Unfortunately, though, it’s now confirmed that she is not attending the awards show at all.
That’s right, you guys. Although “7 Rings” is a total smash, the producers behind music’s biggest night apparently don’t want the pop star performing it during the show. Why? Well, earlier this week Variety reported that the 25-year-old feels extremely “insulted” by their refusal to let her sing the song, which is the lead single off her upcoming album, Thank U, Next. And now, Ari is confirming on Twitter herself.
The singer tweeted, “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.”
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. 🖤
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 7, 2019
Ari’s new album drops on Friday, February 8, which is just two days before the Grammys, so honestly, it would make total sense for the “No Tears Left To Cry” singer to perform that song. For whatever reason, though, producers are not here for that idea, but Variety claims they did try to compromise with the singer.
Rather than performing “7 Rings” from start to finish, Variety claimed that producers tried to meet the “God Is a Woman” singer in the middle by offering her the chance to sing the song as part of a medley. The catch? The second song in the medley would have to be of their choosing. Of course, Ariana isn’t cool with this idea at all, especially since the other artists set to perform at this year’s show weren’t faced the same ultimatum.
This isn’t the first time the Grammys has tried to control what each performer sings. Last year, for example, they told Lorde that she could perform, but only as part of a tribute to the late Tom Petty. Sure, it’s an amazing thing to be able to pay tribute to such an iconic artist, but the “Green Light” crooner was nominated for the biggest award of the night — Album of the Year — and she should’ve been recognized for that.
The “Sweetener” singer is in a similar boat, as she’s nominated Best Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album at this year’s show. However, at this point it looks like she won’t be at the awards show to accept the awards should she win, and it’s all because of this silly disagreement with the show’s producers.
We don’t know about you, but we’d love nothing more than to watch Ariana perform her latest single during the awards show, so we really hope something changes by then. After all, she can pull together a performance overnight!
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