Ariana Grande Sets The Record Straight About Why She Won’t Be Performing At The Grammys

Ariana Grande may have once made headlines for licking donuts (Gurl, what the hell?) but she’s proven herself to be a rather charming performer whose personality has continued to enchant people worldwide.

(Yours truly was personally won over following her poignant response to the 2017 Manchester attack, which left 22 people dead after a suicide bomber targeted one of her concerts.)

Grande’s been the subject of considerably more light-hearted news items since and she’s currently making waves after she shot back at the Recording Academy for “lying” about the reason why she pulled out of performing at this year’s Grammys ceremony.

The Associated Press earlier spoke with Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich, who said Grande would not perform because she “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.”

It didn’t take long for Grande to comment.

Grande tweeted soon after:

“I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. 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.”

Grande added that she’d offered “3 different songs” but that she decided to exit the proceedings after not feeling “supported” by Ehrlich.

To perform in the ceremony, she implied, would have forced her to compromise her artistic integrity.

Many believed Grande would perform at this year’s ceremony.

She snagged two nominations—in Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Pop Vocal Album respectively—for her 2018 hit Sweetener.

According to a report in Variety, Grande bowed out of the ceremony “feeling insulted” after Grammy producers told her they would not allow her to perform her hit song “7 Rings” in full.

The song has currently amassed more than 141 million hits on YouTube.

Grande reportedly balked at the idea of performing the song as part of a medley and Grammy producers did not, Variety notes, place the stipulation on other performers.

Grande has not responded to requests for comment, leaving her tweets to stand for themselves.

Her statements also rallied her fans to her defense.

Grande has a reputation in the industry as a dedicated performer—she’s released two albums in six months—so Ehrlich’s suggestion that she “felt it was too late for her to pull something together” did not strike people as very genuine.

As Grande would say:

“Thank u, next.”