It looks like Ariana Grande probably won’t grace the stage — or audience seats — at the Grammy Awards anymore, as a new report claims she recently pulled out from performing and attending!
Despite Ariana Grande’s face being plastered on billboards and buses all over Los Angeles to promote the Grammys, a report from Variety claimed on Feb. 5 that the pop star is neither attending nor performing at the award show this Sunday, Feb. 10. Ariana and the Recording Academy have yet to confirm this report, and HollywoodLife has reached out to both for comment. Supposedly, producers refused to let her perform her latest hit, “7 Rings,” which didn’t bode well with Ariana, sources told the outlet. However, “a compromise was reached whereby ‘7 Rings’ would be part of a medley,” but Ariana still opted out after “producers insisted that the second song be of their choosing,” the sources added. 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 Jan. 30. You can see her response below.
But if Variety’s report proves true — and Ari really was planning to perform — the report claims that the more than dozen other artists set to take the Grammys stage weren’t “imposed” with the same “stipulations.” They include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Dan + Shay, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile, Miley Cyrus, H.E.R, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Little Big Town, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Young Thug, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Katy Perry, Dolly Parton and Katy Perry.
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). But the 25-year-old singer has made it clear before: she’s not a pushover in this industry. “I don’t want to do what people tell me to do, I don’t want to conform to the pop star agenda. I want to do it on my own terms from now on,” Ariana told Billboard for her “Woman of the Year” cover story in Dec. 2018.
In response to a tweet of ours, Ariana Grande shut down the rumors and confirmed that she will not perform at the 61st GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 10, 2019: “that rumor is false 🖤”. #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/L52Hlucud7
— Music News & Rumors (@MusicNewsRumor) January 30, 2019
It wouldn’t be the first time AG pulled the plug on a performance, as she cancelled her New Year’s Eve concert in Las Vegas just two days prior to the event, blaming it on “health issues.” Ariana is now focusing on her Sweetener World Tour, which kicks off on March 18 in Albany, New York. Just six hours before the report of her Grammy withdrawal surfaced, Ari shared a rehearsal video for the tour on her Instagram Story.