The Grammys are the latest casualty of this tumultuous award season

By Sonia Rao | The Washington Post

It’s been an exceptionally tiring few months for the entertainment world, between fervent backlash to the Super Bowl halftime show lineup and the hullabaloo over who would host the Oscars (no one), how many nominations polarizing films “Green Book” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” would receive (five each), how many original song nominees would be performing live (all of them, apparently thanks to Lady Gaga) and, well … we could go on.

But we’ll pause there, if only to save our breath for the latest award show drama — this time, concerning the Grammys. Pop singer Ariana Grande recently tweeted that she pulled out of performing this year due to a creative disagreement with its producers, while rappers Childish Gambino (a.k.a. Donald Glover), Drake and Kendrick Lamar all reportedly turned down offers from the show, which has a fraught history with hip-hop artists. This marks yet another rough year for the Grammys.

It all began when Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich told The Associated Press in an article published Thursday that by the time Grande and those running the show reached the point where a performance felt possible, she decided against it because she felt it was “too late for her to pull something together.” Grande was quick to refute this account on Twitter, her chosen medium for handling such matters.

“I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken,” she wrote Thursday afternoon. “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 ended the tweet with her trademark black heart emoji.

Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be “about art and honesty,” wound up feeling like a game: “that’s not what music is to me,” she concluded.

The singer, who sent the tweets just hours before the highly anticipated release of her album “Thank U, Next,” is up for two awards this year: best pop solo performance for “God Is a Woman,” and best pop vocal album for “Sweetener.” In addition to other general field categories, Glover, Drake and Lamar all earned record of the year nominations for “This Is America,” “God’s Plan” and “All the Stars,” respectively. Ehrlich told The New York Times in an article also published on

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