Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Ariana Grande axes #Grammy performance

Ariana Grande axes #Grammy performance

After having an alleged argument with the award show's producers over which songs she would perform, the Sweetener songstress not only backed out of performing at the upcoming show, she's not even GOING to it!

Supposedly, producers refused to let her perform her latest hit, "7 Rings", which didn't bode well with Ariana, sources told the outlet. A comprise was reached whereby "7 Rings" would be part of a medley, but Grande pulled out after producers insisted that the second song be of their choosing. The Grammys committee was using her likeness in promotional billboards all across Los Angeles, with tons of marketing devoted to her now-cancelled February 10 performance.

She was only nominated for two awards this year; Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener and Best Pop Solo Performance for "God Is A Woman".

7 Rings was played a record 15 million times in its first 24 hours on the music streaming service Spotify. Both sides were thereby at an impasse in negotiations, to which the Grammy's counteroffered Lorde a spot in the Tom Petty tribute performance.

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The song - which was released along with a video last month - is featured on the chart-topper's new album titled, Thank U, Next which is set to be released on Friday.

With our without Ariana Grande, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS this Sunday.

With this development, the Grammys find themselves not only without a twice-nominated artist whom they have been using to promote the show, but also without one of the most vital artists of the moment.

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