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April 22, 2019

Ariana Grande wins first-ever Grammy after fight with show producer

February 11, 2019
Ariana Grande won best pop vocal album for “Sweetener.” (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP)

Ariana Grande may have skipped the Grammys, but the “thank u, next” singer wasn’t forgotten.

Grande took home the best pop vocal album trophy for her album “Sweetener,” beating out Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Pink and Taylor Swift, during the pre-show ceremony.

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“I know I’m not there tonight (trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and I know I said i try not to put too much weight into these things …. but f–k,” the 25-year-old singer tweeted. “This is wild and beautiful. Thank you so much.”

Grande’s notable absence from the Grammys comes amid a public battle with producer Ken Ehrlich as both parties tried to explain why she wouldn’t be performing during the ceremony.

Ehrlich initially told the Associated Press that his team and Grande’s had been having 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.”

But Grande, who had been advertised prominently as a performer, hit back online.

“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.”

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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.”

The pop star wasn’t quiet during the show, though, sharing a series of Instagram photos of her pale blue Zac Posen custom made gown she was supposed to wear Sunday.

“When Zac Posen makes u a custom gown it doesn’t matter if you’re singing or not,” she wrote.

Dua Lipa, who won best new artist, defended Grande.

“I believe, you know, I guess first of all every artist has their own right to decide what they want to do and how they would like to perform and how they would like to be perceived,” she said backstage after accepting her award. “I think it’s at ever artists’ discretion to decide what they would like to do in their performance and how they would like to go ahead with that.”

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