Ariana Grande has reportedly pulled out of this year’s Grammys.
The 25-year-old, who has been nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance (“God Is a Woman”) and Best Pop Vocal Album (Sweetener), was due to perform at the Feb. 10 ceremony in Los Angeles. However, Variety reported the singer felt “insulted” after producers refused to let her perform certain songs.
The publication stated she was initially told she couldn’t perform her latest hit “7 Rings”, before being told she could belt out the track as part of a medley. However, Grande was then said to have pulled out altogether after producers insisted “the second song be of their choosing.” The source reportedly said such rules were not imposed on other performers at the show.
On Thursday, Grande attached a statement from Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich published by The Associated Press. “As it turned out when we finally got to the point where we thought maybe it could work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure,” Ehrlich said.
Ehlrich’s take is something Grande wholeheartedly disagrees with. “I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me,” Grande tweeted. “I can pull together a performance overnight and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity and self-expression [were] stifled by you that I decided not to attend. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”
“Any f**king way,” Grande concluded her Twitter rant.
Ehrlich responded to Grande’s accusations in an interview with Rolling Stone during Grammys weekend. “I saw those tweets and what she said. I guess it was a surprise,” Erhlich said. “I will say this, and they don’t want me to say it but I’m going to say it: The thing that probably bothered me more than whatever else she said about me is when she said I’m not collaborative.
“The fact of the matter is — and I actually wrote a little thing in the middle of the night that I’m not going to do anything about, but, I mean. You can ask Christina Aguilera, who I asked to do ‘It’s a Man’s World’ for James Brown,” he continued. “You can ask Melissa Etheridge, who finished her cancer treatment and I put her out on stage, bald, doing Janis Joplin. You can ask Ricky Martin who overnight became the creator of the Latin music revolution. Ask Mary J. Blige, who was scared shitless to go out there and do ‘No More Drama.’ I basically worked with her to mold it. Ask H.E.R. who’s in this show.”
“I don’t know if I’m good at anything else, but I understand artists and I can hear other artists in an artist,” the Grammys producer continued. “I don’t say to people, ‘This is what you should do.’ I approach it casually and say, hey, this might be a good idea, let’s find something in the middle.”
A similar thing happened with Lorde at last year’s ceremony, with bosses reportedly refusing to let her perform a song from her Melodrama album. They instead offered her a spot during the Tom Petty tribute, which she declined.
ET Canada has reached out to Grande’s rep and a Grammys spokesperson for comment.