Ariana Grande Breaks Silence About Skipping the Grammys as She Slams Producers: I Felt 'Stifled'
The pop star added that she's "still grateful for the acknowledgement this year"
Ariana Grande just said “thank u, next” to the Grammys.
The “Breathin” singer has confirmed she will not be attending the Grammys over a disagreement with producer Ken Ehrlich and his team.
On Thursday the pop star — who is nominated for two awards and was expected to perform — broke her silence about the Grammys in a string of strongly worded tweets.
First, Grande, 25, shared a screenshot of an Associated Press story in which Ehrlich said Grande, after a month of negotiating, “felt it was too late for her to pull something together” for the show, which is broadcast live Sunday in L.A.
Ehrlich’s AP statement didn’t sit well with the former child star, who unleashed her side of the story online.
“mhmmm here it is ! “’too late for her to pull something together……'” Grande tweeted.
“i’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. i can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. 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,” she continued.
“i offered 3 different songs. it’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. it’s about art and honesty. 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,” Grande added.
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In the months leading up to the Grammys, the Recording Academy had been using Grande’s image to promote the show — and the singer said she “passed a Grammy’s bus with my face on it typing those” tweets.
Grande concluded her diatribe by sharing her gratitude for the Recording Academy’s recognition: She’s up for best pop vocal album for her acclaimed LP Sweetener, as well as best pop solo performance for “God Is a Woman.”
“hope that helps everyone understand my decision. i am still grateful for the acknowledgment this year,” she added, before sharing a teaser promoting her new album thank u, next, which drops at midnight.
The Recording Academy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
On Tuesday night, Variety was first to report that Grande would be skipping the Grammys completely over a disagreement with the show’s producers over which song she would sing. (She reportedly wanted to perform her latest No. 1 hit "7 Rings.")
Thursday afternoon, the AP ran its statement from Ehrlich, who said producers had been having “conversations over the past month or so” with Grande, adding: “As it turned out when we finally got the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure. … And it’s too bad. She’s a great artist. And I’d love to get her in the show this year.”
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards are broadcasting live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS.