Ariana Grande has pulled out of performing at the upcoming 2019 Grammy Awards due to a disagreement with the awards ceremony producers.
According to reports, the singer will not even be attending the event scheduled for 10 February.
Ariana Grande reportedly pulled out because she felt “insulted” after producers did not allow her to perform her newest single ‘7 Rings’ from her upcoming album ‘Thank U, Next’.
According to Variety, following a compromise, ‘7 Rings’ was going to be part of a medley, but Grande withdrew when producers insisted that the second song in her set be of their choosing.
Ariana Grande has already been featured on billboards promoting Grammys all over Los Angeles.
The situation is more than a little similar to the impasse the Grammys reached with Lorde last year, whereby they declined to let her perform a song from her ‘Melodrama’ album- one of the five Album of the Year nominees- and instead offered her a spot during the show’s Tom Petty tribute, which she declined.
The women nominees this year are Gaga, Grande, Cardi B, and Camila Cabello. Kendrick Lamar and Drake are the top Grammy contenders, earning eight and seven nominations respectively while Brandi Carlile is up for six awards. Childish Gambino has scored five nominations.
Album of the year nominees Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, Janelle Monae and Post Malone will also perform at the ceremony, along with Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello and Dan + Shay.
R&B star Alicia Keys has been roped in to host the 2019 Grammys, which is all set to broadcast live on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles on 10 February.