Grammys producer on why Ariana Grande isn't performing
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said the show had multiple conversations with Ariana Grande about possibly performing Sunday but the singer "felt it was too late for her to pull something together."
Ehrlich told The Associated Press on Thursday that she isn't performing at the Grammys, where is nominated for two awards. He said the Recording Academy wanted her to perform after having "conversations over the past month or so."
"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," he said. "And it's too bad. She's a great artist. And I'd love to get her in the show this year."
Variety reported this week that Grande had a disagreement with Grammy producers on which songs she would perform, so she pulled out. A representative for the singer didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.
Grande has been featured on billboards promoting Sunday's show, airing live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Her 2018 album, "Sweetener," is nominated for best pop vocal album, while her hit single "God Is a Woman" is up for best pop solo performance. Grande will release a new album, "Thank U, Next," on Friday.
Performers at the Grammys include Cardi B, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga, Travis Scott, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Diana Ross, J Balvin, Camila Cabello, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Little Big Town, Post Malone, Chloe x Halle and Dua Lipa.