With album Thank U, Next set to drop just two days after the show, a performance in front of millions could have been a nice way to advertise her new music. One new report claims that Ariana Grande and the team behind the awards show had a disagreement over her song choices.
The singer's alleged withdrawal is little bit awkward since she has been featured on billboards promoting the show all over Los Angeles. She followed that with "Imagine" and "7 Rings", the latter of which broke Spotify's record for most plays within a 24-hour period. Last year, the Recording Academy declined to let Lorde perform a particular song of her choosing, which didn't bode well for her participation.
Grande has been uncharacteristically quiet about this reported development on social media, so it's at least possible that the decision is not final and something can be worked out.
Scheduled performers during the Grammys include Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Brandi Carlile, H.E.R., Dan + Shay, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes and Janelle Monáe.
'I do not want to do what people tell me to do, I do not want to conform to the pop star agenda.
With our without Ariana Grande, the 61st Annual Grammy Awards air at 8 p.m. ET on CBS this Sunday.