On Sunday night, CBS will broadcast the 61st Grammy Awards, but you won't see one of the biggest pop stars of the moment, Ariana Grande. Yesterday Variety reported that the singer dropped out of the show due to a disagreement over which songs to perform. She wanted to croon her new I'm-rich-bitch single 7 Rings. The producers refused. Instead, they suggested she perform a medley of different songs, which could include 7 Rings. Grande agreed. Then the producers insisted they pick the second song, and she pulled out. (And hopefully said, "Thank u, next!")
Grammy producer Ken Ehrlich spoke out about the thorny situation during an interview with The Associated Press. "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," he stated. "And it’s too bad. She’s a great artist. And I’d love to get her in the show this year." But according to Grande, this explanation isn't accurate.
On Twitter, Grande pulled a quote from Ehrlich's interview and commented, "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. ?"
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." Then she observed that she "passed a Grammy’s bus with my face on it typing those [tweets]." So, the Grammy's are heavily promoting her appearance to draw viewers, but won't let her perform the songs that she wants? That makes about as much sense as Ari's new tattoo, which translates to "Japanese BBQ Finger."
The God Is A Woman singer made it clear, though, that she doesn't hold a grudge. "hope that helps everyone understand my decision," she wrote in a follow-up tweet. "i am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year. ?" Well, if she really can put together a performance in a night, I guess it's still possible they might work something out. The clock is ticking, though.
Ariana Grande is nominated for two Grammy Awards this year: Best Pop Solo Performance For God Is a Woman and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener. She would have racked up more nominations if the stodgy old producers would add some fresh new categories, like Best Misspelled Japanese Tattoo, Best High Ponytail and Best Musical Tribute To The Movie 'Titanic.' Get on it, Grammy producers!
Grande's new album, Thank U, Next, drops at midnight tonight.