Ariana Grande Ditches The Grammys After Feeling 'Insulted': Report
By Paris Close
February 6, 2019
The prestigious music event, kicking off this Sunday (February 10), will be minus one pop star due to a reported disagreement between Grande and the ceremony's producer about which song she could perform, Variety has learned.
According to a source who spoke with Hits Daily Double , the star apparently felt "insulted" after the Grammys production team disallowed her to sing her trap-inspired single "7 Rings" at the upcoming function.
However, in a (failed) attempt to meet in the middle, producers pitched to allow the 25-year-old to sing the record as part of a medley, but under the condition they would choose the second song.
Grande said, No thank you, next! But what's more interesting is the insider insists she was the only performer given this ultimatum.
Why the resistance for the song? No one knows — but "7 Rings" did draw a ton of controversy over claims of "flow-stealing" among other things when it released.
Still, history has shown us this isn't the first case in which the Grammys have refused a topline female artist to perform a track of their choosing. In January 2018, Lorde reportedly pulled out of performing last year's Grammys when producers refused to give the star, who was also up for several honors that night herself, a solo set of her own.
Nevertheless, the artist will celebrate both her Grammy recognitions from home, including for Best Pop Vocal Performance for "God Is a Woman" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener .
Ariana Grande is also nominated at the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards for Best Female Artist, Best Fan Army, Best Cover Song, Best Lyrics and Music Video, Cutest Musician's Pet, and Song That Left Us Shook. Fans can vote via Twitter using the appropriate category and nominee hashtags, or by visiting iHeartRadio.com/awards through March 7 (March 13 for the appropriate category).
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