So, this is it. This was the suprise “In The Night” duet with Lauryn Hill performance The Weeknd was suppose to give us last Monday at the Grammys. As a fan, I was very curious to hear what both artists would sound like together when the duet reports began flooding in prior to the Grammys. Unfortunately, when it was showtime, Weeknd was alone on the Grammy stage and no Ms. HIll.
According to her reps, L Boogie was never confirmed and was only a strong maybe. The Grammys say she was confirmed, made it to the rehearsals but ended up being classic Lauryn. “She did not get back in time to make the show. I’m sorry, that’s the bottom line,” told Recording Academy President Neil Portnow backstage at The Grammys.
Still, the original show must go on, and it did — five days later on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and it was disappointing. While both artists are immensely talented, their voices meshed about as well as peanut butter and cheese. Having Ms. Hill on “In The Night” was completely unnecessary and reeked of a PR move.
Even so, Abel later tweeted that performing with the Fugees frontwoman is the highlight of his career.