Ariana Grande not attending Grammys after disagreements with producers

Deanna Kelley
February 8, 2019

Ariana Grande could very well win her first Grammy on Sunday... but she won't be there to collect it!

However, following a disagreement with Grammy producers over which songs she would perform, Grande has opted to skip the ceremony altogether.

ET Canada have reached out to Grande's rep and a Grammys spokesperson for comment.

Grande, who's nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album categories, maintained that she's "still grateful for the acknowledgement" despite her differences with producers. However, the 'Thank U, Next!' singer has a great 2019 lined up for her fans in terms of her music. The 25-year-old actually began her time in entertainment as an actress on the Nickelodeon show Victorious, which she soon spun into a music career. The anonymous source told Variety that Grande insisted on performing the song, and producers eventually agreed, but only if they could choose the second song she would perform.

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In a new interview with the Associated Press, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said that they had "multiple conversations" with Grande about performing but that Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".

The source added that stipulations such as these were not imposed on other performers on the show.

In the past two years Grande has experienced two major tragedies - the 2017 bombing outside her concert at the UK's Manchester Arena in which 22 people died, and the drug-overdose death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller last September. The song is the second track from her new album "thank u, next" expected to be released February 8 before the awards show.

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