Fast forward 30 years, and the Grammys are still accused of mistreating hip-hop and R&B artists, who rarely take home awards in top categories.
Grande's decision to pull out was prompted by a disagreement with the show's producers over what songs she would perform, the magazine reported, as the singer wanted full control over her set list, which she wanted to include recent hit "7 Rings". In 1989, Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff boycotted the show after they learned that the presentation of the best rap performance award wouldn't be televised, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Also, current nominee Dua Lipa will perform with Grammy victor St. Vincent. The Canada native declined to perform as well.
"A dynamic artist with the rare combination of groundbreaking talent and passion for her craft, Alicia Keys is the ideal choice as host for our show", said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy.
In a 2017 interview, he expressed frustration with the awards for putting him in a box.
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To help combat the Grammys' much-discussed diversity problem, the Recording Academy expanded the major categories to eight nominees each - so now that the field is wider than ever, expect some upsets.
His reps declined to comment on why the star didn't want to grace this year's stage, despite doing so last year.
This weekend, Childish Gambino is up for five Grammys.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and Childish Gambino - nominees in all or most of the big three categories - also opted out of performing; however, representatives for the artists have not confirmed if they will attend the show.
Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next is up for two awards this years.
Initially, Ehrlich said that the reason that Grande wasn't performing was due to a time constraint. "And it's too bad". Right in front of them will be Miley Cyrus, who'll be seated by her godmother Dolly Parton and this year's MusiCares Person of the Year. Grande was quick to refute this account on Twitter, her chosen medium for handling such matters.
"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me", she tweeted.
"I know what it feels like to be on that stage, and I'm going to bring that vibe and energy", Keys said in January when the Recording Academy tapped her as host.