Ariana Grande Slammed Grammy Producers for 'Stifling' her Creativity

Cristina Cross
February 10, 2019

Ariana Grande was due to perform this year but has pulled out at the last second.

"The producers were dictating what songs she could sing", the source said.

Ariana Grande's 2019 record Sweetener is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album while her single "God Is a Woman" is up for Best Pop Solo performance.

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Grande is not the first star to turn down the opportunity to perform at this year's awards, with Ehrlich telling the New York Times that Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino all declined spots on stage.

Grande apologised for not posting a link to the album sooner, writing on Twitter that manager Scooter Braun had made a speech to celebrate the release. Recently, she's attracted headlines over a Japanese tattoo mis-hap, as well as calling out the Grammy's for "lying" by saying she turned down a performance offer at this Monday's awards ceremony. "I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken", she wrote. It was when my creative expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend. This added to her already her most recent hits "7 rings" and "thank you next" both anthems that show there's nothing wrong with spoiling your friends and moving on. Grande's "thank you's" seem like genuine appreciation for the ways her previous relationships have helped her grow into the person she is now. "And one of the songs, she was like, 'I'm still working on the intro for it, don't listen to that part, just listen to the song'".

Ariana, 25 - who has just released her latest album, "Thank U, Next" - has thanked Bette for her support.

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She concluded: "It's about art and honesty".

Another reading of Grande's message in "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored" runs a bit deeper. "I feel relieved n overwhelmed n grateful. thank u for everything", she responded.

Neither the Recording Academy nor Grande publicly had commented on the speculation - until now.

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"I will say this, and they don't want me to say it but I'm going to say it: The thing that probably bothered me more than whatever else she said about me is when she said I'm not collaborative".

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