Why Ariana Grande won't be at the Grammys

Yolanda Curtis
February 7, 2019

I know you're probably thinking, 'Well if that's the rule, then why should she be any different?' But according to Variety's sources, the other artists performing at the ceremony have not had to deal with "such stipulations", so it's sounding like Ari has been singled out which is pretty fucking unfair and bullying adjacent.

Ariana Grande has reportedly pulled out of performing at the Grammy awards following a dispute with producers.

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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.

The report comes as a shock, since Ariana is a nominee for two honors at the 61st annual show: Best Pop Vocal Performance ("God Is a Woman") and Best Pop Vocal Album (Sweetener).

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Grammy producers faced a similar situation with Lorde before last year's ceremony, when they wouldn't let her perform a song from her album Melodrama, which was up for Album of the Year.

7 Rings was played a record 15 million times in its first 24 hours on the music streaming service Spotify. However, it's important to note that Ariana was only rumored to perform at the Grammys, speculation of which the singer tweeted was "false" on January 30.

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Scheduled performers during the Grammys include Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Dan + Shay, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monáe. Officially released on August 17, the record sold an impressive 231,000 "equivalent sales units" in its first week, as reported by Nielsen Music (via Billboard), which represented a major jump from her third record, 2016's Dangerous Woman, which debuted at No. 2, selling just 175,000 units. On Friday, she'll release her new album thank u, next.

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