Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Ariana Grande pulls out of Grammys 'over fights with show bosses'

Ariana Grande pulls out of Grammys 'over fights with show bosses'

Ariana Grande will no longer be in attendance at the 2019 Grammys.

According to Variety, Grande felt "insulted" by these demands, which were purportedly not placed on other artists, and ultimately decided that she'd rather not attend the ceremony at all.

Grande is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance (for "God Is a Woman") and Best Pop Vocal Album (for 2018's "Sweetener"). Ultimately, the insider said producers backed down saying she could perform it as part of a medley, but they insisted the other part of the medley be their choice.

Grande's decision is especially noteworthy given how the Grammys used her image on a series of promotional billboards across American cities.

Grammy producers faced a similar situation with Lorde before last year's ceremony, when they wouldn't let her perform a song from her album Melodrama, which was up for Album of the Year.

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"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.

The 61st Grammys, hosted by Alicia Keys, airs Sunday, February 10 at 5 PM ET live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

Gaga is also nominated in the best pop solo performance category for Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?).

However she went on to organise a triumphant return shown in Manchester and released her biggest album ever with Sweetener doing over 1.2 million in total activity and over 1.14 billion streams.

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