Update: Ariana Grande has explained her decision to not perform at or even attend the Grammys this weekend. She responded to a quote from Grammys producer Ken Erlich, who said that by the time Grande and the Recording Academy came to an agreement on the nature of her performance, “she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure.”
Grande didn’t feel that was an accurate assessment of the situation, and she wrote in a series of tweets:
“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 and 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 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.
Passed a Grammy’s bus with my face on it typing those. Hope that helps everyone understand my decision. I am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year.”
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