Japanese Barbecue Finger, aka The Artist Formerly Known as Ariana Grande, abruptly dropped out of Sunday night’s Grammy broadcast after producers declined her request to perform her new single “7 Rings.”
She will neither preform nor attend.
An insider says that Grande felt “insulted” after producers initially refused to allow her to perform “7 Rings,” the latest single from her forthcoming album “Thank U, Next” (which arrives Friday, two days before the Grammys). A compromise 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 source added that such stipulations were not imposed on other performers at the show. Reps for the Grammys did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comment. (The news of Grande’s dispute with the Grammys over song choice was first reported by Hits.)
Variety goes on to point out what an awkward position this puts the Academy in, as she is a twice-nominated artist whom they have been using to promote the show.
She is also, of course, one of the most vital artists of the moment.
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. But she has also played triumphant concerts, including the “One Love Manchester” benefit staged just two weeks after the tragedy, and released a triumphant No. 1 album and a string of recent blockbuster singles — with “Thank U, Next,” arriving Friday, just a few months after the release of “Sweetener.”
Seems like a biiiiig mistake on the Grammys part.