Ariana Grande reportedly pulls out of Grammys ceremony over performance disagreement

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08 February, 2019

Ariana Grande isn't attending the 2019 GRAMMYs, despite rumours.

The women nominees this year are Gaga, Grande, Cardi B, and Camila Cabello.

'I do not want to do what people tell me to do, I do not want to conform to the pop star agenda. Childish Gambino has scored five nominations. She followed that with "Imagine" and "7 Rings", the latter of which broke Spotify's record for most plays within a 24-hour period.

She adds that she's "still grateful for the acknowledgement this year", but she will not be attending the show.

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The "thank u, next" singer was scheduled to take the stage at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday night but dropped out of the award show all together over a reported clash with producers over artistic control. The Grammys are slated to be held on February 10 and will see a stellar line up of music artists performing to their hit and soulful tracks.

In the past two years Grande has experienced two major tragedies - the 2017 bombing outside her concert at the UK's Manchester Arena in which 22 people died, and the drug-overdose death of her former boyfriend Mac Miller last September. The initial discrepancy between Grande and producers was over her latest single "7 Rings". But while Grande's music industry peers "find themselves victim to changing tastes and trends", she has found success.

The situation goes even further than Grande's refusal to perform.

In the summer of 2018, Grande treated fans to her fourth full-length album, Sweetener, and earned herself her third No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.


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