With the Grammy Awards just one day away, the ceremony seems to be spiraling out of control. Rife with controversy, the show has lost performers, and significant names in the industry have yet to comment on whether they will attend the February 10th event. With controversy brewing, many are wondering if the organizers will be able to pull off the event at all.
Ariana Grande calls out organizers
Grande declined to perform after producers stifled her creativity. According to reports, Grande was in talks with organizers for over a month, but pulled out of performing when she was told that producers would pick her songs.
According to The Ringer, Grande was planning to perform her new song “7 Rings” but was rebuffed by producers. She was told that it could only be featured in a medley and that they would design the it. Grande declined to perform and stayed relatively quiet about the ordeal. The was until producer Ken Ehrlich told reporters that Grande felt it was too late to pull together a performance.
Grande took to Twitter to give Ehrlich and the academy the proverbial finger. She has also declined her invitation to attend the ceremony.
Jennifer Lopez will pay tribute to Motown
While Jenny from the block is a talented artist in her own right, she doesn’t accurately represent Motown. Lopez, who has not won a Grammy herself, will be leading the tribute, but it is not yet known if other artists will join in.
Either way, fans of the award ceremony are confused by the pick. Twitter is pointing to the decision as further proof that the Recording Academy still does not recognize African-American voices and the influence they’ve had on music.
There are plenty of artists who should have been tagged for the job, but the academy went with Lopez. It’s a strange decision considering Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross and Bruno Mars will all be in attendance for the event. Any one of the three would have been a far better representation of Motown than Lopez.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino declined to perform
The Grammys has a bit of a tradition. When someone is nominated for a plethora of awards, they perform. That isn’t the case this year. Kendrick Lamar has eight nominations, and Drake has seven. Childish Gambino received five nominations, but the three artists have declined to perform during the show.
Ehrlich told CNN that the three were offered performance spots, but all declined. There is no word on whether or not the three artists will even be in attendance for the big night, nor have they commented on their
The 2018 Grammy Awards were rife with controversy, too
The 2019 Grammys are shaping up to be controversial, but that’s nothing new for the Recording Academy. The 2018 Grammys highlighted a severe lack of diversity and set Twitter ablaze after its late January airing. Lorde, the only female artist up for Album of the Year did not get a performance spot. Her male counterparts were offered the chance to perform, according to People.