Ariana Grande broke her silence Thursday about her decision not to perform at, or attend, the GRAMMYs Sunday.
On Thursday afternoon, a producer for the show told the Associated Press that Grande backed out due to timing.
“As it turned out when we finally got the point where we thought maybe it would work, [Ariana] felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure,” GRAMMYs producer Ken Ehrlich told the AP Thursday. “And it’s too bad. She’s a great artist. And I’d love to get her in the show this year.”
Almost immediately, Ariana fired back on Twitter saying, “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.”
Check out her Tweets below:
Earlier reports this week said Grande was “insulted” over producers’ initial refusal to let her perform her new single, “7 Rings” at the show Sunday. While they reportedly reached a compromise to allow it as part of a medley, ultimately their desire to control the other songs she performed frustrated Grande to the point of cancelation.
“Such stipulations were not imposed on other performers at the show,” the source told Variety.
Grande’s Tweets Thursday seemed to confirm both her frustration and her refusal to attend the show.
The singer is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance for “God Is a Woman” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener.
The GRAMMYs air Sunday, Feb. 10 on CBS.