Ariana Grande Won't Attend Grammys Because Producers Won't Let Her Perform '7 Rings': Report
Grande's decision to pull out was prompted by a disagreement with the show's producers, Variety reports
Ariana Grande is committed to her seven rings.
According to a report from Variety, the 25-year-old pop star — whose Grammy appearance and rumored performance has been advertised on billboards promoting the show — will not be serenading the audience at the Staples Center or, for that matter, even showing up. Grande’s decision to pull out was prompted by a disagreement with the show’s producers, the magazine reports, quoting sources close to the singer.
Grande wanted to perform “7 Rings,” her latest break-up anthem released in January, and producers allegedly refused, prompting her to feel “insulted,” according to Variety. Eventually, both parties reached a compromise that included “7 Rings” as part of a medley, and that Grande could pick whichever second song she wanted. But she still rejected the offer, the outlet reports.
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Reps for Grande and the Recording Academy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.
The Nickelodeon alum is nominated for two Grammys this year: one for best pop vocal performance for “God Is a Woman” and another for best pop vocal album for Sweetener. She’s been nominated four times in the past but has yet to take home the gramophone.
The pop star’s next album, Thank U, Next, will hit shelves on Friday, just two days before the Grammys — and a little more than five months after Sweetener debuted.
In January, Grande released the song list for thank u, next, and it appears to be heavily inspired by her tumultuous year, which included the death of ex-boyfriend Mac Miller and her whirlwind romance and split from comedian Pete Davidson.
The singer first dropped the song “thank u, next” in November. The upbeat breakup anthem, which she referred to as an “acceptance” song after having learned from her past relationships, became Grande’s first track to top the Hot 100 chart, where it remained No. 1 for seven weeks.
She kept that theme going with “imagine,” which she dropped less than a month later in December.
In the R&B pop ballad — in which the singer showing off her impressive range — she reflects on her “failed yet important, beautiful relationships.”
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And most recently, Grande released “7 Rings.”
The R&B track was heavily inspired by “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music, and it speaks to Grande’s strong friendships and a new sense of independence following her emotional 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.