Kanye “Ye” West will not be performing at the Grammys due to his “concerning online behaviour,” ET can confirm.

A rep for the 44-year-old rapper tells ET they received a call Friday night and were told he was barred from performing. Kanye, who is nominated for five Grammys, had not been part of the Recording Academy’s first slate of performers announced earlier this week, but it’s possible he may have been announced as a performer down the road.

ET has reached out to the Recording Academy for comment.

According to The Blast, which was first to report the news, West’s recent ban from Instagram didn’t help matters. What’s more, the outlet cites sources claiming West’s team wasn’t surprised by the decision.

In a post on Instagram, rapper The Game defended West and called out the Grammys for the ban.

“Time & time again they show us that they only want to STEAL the culture, not allow you to ever be their equals,” he wrote.

The Game also suggested that the ban may have really been due to Trevor Noah hosting the award show.

“I for one, have never been scared to speak my mind even understanding what the consequences may be. I can’t sleep at night knowing I was quiet about issues burning holes in my heart or narratives incorrectly pushed by the mass agenda to create a mind set that the person at hand is krazy or has issues internally that are beyond repair,” he said.

The news comes just days after Kanye was suspended from posting on Instagram for 24 hours following a series of posts that Meta, the parent company of Instagram, deemed violated its policies on hate speech, harassment and bullying. Kanye’s Meta-imposed Instagram break came after his attacks on Kim and her boyfriend, Pete Davidson, D.L. Hughley and a racial slur-filled rant against the “The Daily Show” host.

Some of Kanye’s other posts have included voicing his frustrations over how his children are being raised and his claims that Kim is controlling when he gets to see them. There’s also West’s music video for his song, “Eazy,” which showed him kidnapping and burying a claymation figure that resembled Pete DavidsonKardashian’s boyfriend.

In a nearly 10-minute video posted by “The Daily Show”, Noah shared his thoughts on Kim and Kanye’s public divorce and the growing concern over the drama that’s ensued.

“I do understand that art can be therapy. I honestly do understand that. But I also understand that therapy can be therapy,” Noah said. “What’s weird about the situation is Kanye West has told us that he struggles with his mental health, so I get it. You want to have art as therapy, but here’s what’s weird that Kanye doesn’t understand. What we’re seeing, it makes you uncomfortable.”

“With Kanye, we don’t know how to feel. We don’t know how to worry. I think Kanye doesn’t seem to understand that. He goes, ‘Leave me to create my art.’ Yeah, but Kanye, you told us you have problems, now when we worry about that, you say we shouldn’t worry, because it’s not problems, or it is problems. Which is it?” Noah continued. “It puts society in a precarious position. The reason I say that is because of his harassment of Kim.”


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