Ariana Grande seems to have confirmed her take-no-prisoners approach to 2019. The 25-year-old has reportedly cancelled her performance at the Grammys on Sunday night after its producers refused to allow her to sing her record-breaking single “7 Rings” except in a medley of their choosing, Variety claims. The starlet will also allegedly skip the ceremony at Los Angeles’ Staples Center entirely, in spite of her nominations for both Best Pop Vocal Performance for “God Is A Woman” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener.
It’s the latest drama in a tumultuous period that has famously seen Grande break off her engagement to Saturday Night Live’s Pete Davidson and grieve the loss of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller. Thankfully, the former cover girl, photographed by Craig McDean for Vogue’s July 2018 issue, is taking it in stride – and putting all of her emotions (and newfound attitude) into her music. “Been through some bad shit, I should be a sad bitch / Who woulda thought it’d turn me to a savage?” she croons on “Seven Rings”.
The news of the alleged cancellation comes just days before the release of Thank U, Next, Grande’s second album in less than eight months. (“I love music, I ain’t waiting another two years to drop it,” she wrote last year when questioned about breaking the traditional album cycle.) Grande has yet to comment on the Grammys, instead Tweeting excitedly to her 60.6 million followers about her new music. The track list for the album, which the star has hinted will be her most personal yet, includes songs with titles ranging from “NASA” to “break up with your girlfriend, i’m bored”. Bring on Friday.