Ariana Grande breaks silence on cancelling Grammys performance as she accuses producer of 'lying' about why she pulled out

Ariana Grande breaks silence on cancelling Grammys performance as she accuses producer of 'lying' about why she pulled out

The Thank U, Next singer will not be attending the annual award show in Los Angeles – and said she is not prepared to engage in "playing games" with organisers.


Her claims follow comments made by Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in which he claimed Grande could not "pull something together" last-minute for the show.

Grande has taken to Twitter to hit back at his comments – claiming that her decisions stemmed from artistic integrity and a wish to feel "supported".

She said that she is grateful for the two nominations she received for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards but is not attending.

Grande wrote: "i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken.

"It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.

"I offered 3 different songs. it's about collaboration. it's about feeling supported.

"it's about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games.

"it's just a game y'all.. and i'm sorry but that's not what music is to me."

She added: "I hope that helps everyone understand my decision. i am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year."

Grande received two Grammy nods: for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Solo Performance.

Ehrlich said on Thursday that the Recording Academy wanted Ariana to perform after having "conversations over the past month or so."

He added: "As it turned out when we finally got the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure.

"And it's too bad. She's a great artist. And I'd love to get her in the show this year."


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