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August 22, 2019

Ariana Grande accuses Grammys producer of lying about why she backed out of performance

February 8, 2019
Ariana Grande was being promoted as a top performer at the Grammys ahead of Sunday’s show. (Mike Coppola / Getty Images for Billboard)

Ariana Grande has “7 rings,” but no time for Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich.

The “thank u, next” singer told a different story than Ehrlich when she explained why she wouldn’t be taking the stage at the Staples Center Sunday.


“I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken,” she tweeted Tuesday. “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.”

Grande said she offered to perform three different songs, but none of her options were apparently acceptable.

“It’s about collaboration. It’s about feeling supported. It’s about art and honesty,” she tweeted. “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.”

Earlier in the day, Ehrlich told the Associated Press that his team and Grande’s had been entertaining ongoing conversations “over the past month or so,” but that by the time they reached a point where they were finalizing details, the singer “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.”

Grande had already been a focal point of Grammys advertising, including billboards around Los Angeles — and a bus that drove past her as she was tweeting, the 25-year-old songbird revealed in an sardonic twist.

The singer, who has never won a Grammy, is nominated for best pop vocal album for “Sweetener” and best pop solo performance for “God Is A Woman.”

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