Ariana Grande pulls out of Grammy Awards performance and will not attend ceremony

The singer will reportedly not attend the ceremony after being 'insulted' by the producers

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 06 February 2019 10:07
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Ariana Grande has reportedly pulled out of performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony after colliding with the show’s producers.

The singer has appeared on billboards across the United States promoting the Grammys, which takes place on Sunday, 10 February.

Sources tell Variety that Grande may not even attend the ceremony after she felt “insulted” by producers, who initially refused to allow her to perform her new single “7 Rings” from the upcoming album Thank U, Next.

After coming to a compromise – allowing Grande to perform the single as part of a medley – the 25-year-old cancelled completely as producers wanted to choose the second song she would play.

The source claims that stipulations were not placed on other performers at the show.

Grande has been nominated in two major Grammy categories, including Best Pop Vocal Performance for “God is a Woman” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener.

The story is remarkably similar to that of Lorde last year, when the singer pulled out of performing altogether after the Grammy producers said the singer would not be allowed to perform a song from her second album Melodrama – which was nominated for Album of the Year – and instead would have to perform a Tom Petty tribute.

The Independent has reached out to Grande's representatives for comment.

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