Saturday, 23 February, 2019

'Insulted' Ariana Grande Reportedly Dropping Out Of Grammys

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Melody Ballard | 07 February, 2019, 02:06

And because their demands for Ari's performance at this year's ceremony were so, erm, Grande, she has pulled the, erm, Grande move of backing out of the show.

After releasing her fifth studio album, "thank u, next", Ariana Grande was reportedly supposed to perform at the 2019 GRAMMYs.

Grande reportedly wanted to perform her latest single, "7 Rings", but an insider told Variety they initially balked at that.

They apparently gave her the option of singing 7 Rings as part of a medley. While it's not been confirmed, it's thought that the singer may instead attend the BAFTA Awards in London, which are also taking place on Sunday night, to support her boyfriend, The Favourite star Joe Alwyn.

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Considering "7 Rings" just broke Spotify's record for most streams in its first 24 hours, it's hard to argue this as a bad choice for her to perform on the live show. Understandably, Grande felt "insulted" and informed the Grammys to delete her invitation.

"Sweetener" and the songs "Thank U, Next" and "7 Rings" all smashed Spotify records, with "7 Rings" breaking the streaming service's record for most plays within a 24-hour period with almost 15 million.

Scheduled performers during the Grammys include Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Dan + Shay, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monáe. Both sides were thereby at an impasse in negotiations, to which the Grammy's counteroffered Lorde a spot in the Tom Petty tribute performance.

'I do not want to do what people tell me to do, I do not want to conform to the pop star agenda.

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