When Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlrich was questioned about Grande's role in the ceremony during an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, Ehrlrich said Grande "felt it was too late for her to pull something together".
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It's been hard not to root for Grande over the past couple years, so it's especially rewarding to hear her coming out the other side of grief and trauma with her strongest body of work to date. Ariana has previously explained that the track is about "feeling badly for the person you're with bc you love somebody else. feeling badly bc he can tell he can't compare. and how i should be ghosting him".
'I have kept my mouth shut, but now you are lying about me.
The song is about Grande taking time and space to self-discover and be on her own for a night.
"Hope that helps everyone understand my decision".
The song is hopeful and promises "We'll get through this, we'll get past this, I'm a girl with / A whole lot of baggage / But I love you". However, the 'Thank U, Next!' singer has a great 2019 lined up for her fans in terms of her music. However, Grande was then said to have pulled out altogether after producers insisted "the second song be of their choosing". "And it's too bad".
Even though she may not be on the best terms with Ehrlich right now, she still expressed gratitude for her nominations. She felt "insulted" after producers initially refused to allow her to perform "7 rings", the latest single from her next album. "I am still grateful for the acknowledgment this year".
ET also spoke to Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who noted that nothing is set in stone for the big night.