Beyoncé “Opted Not To Perform” At Grammys Even Though She Leads Noms
This is the 3rd time in Grammy history that the artist with the foremost nominations decided to not fancy the stage (the others were Kendrick Lamar & Jay-Z).
It will presumably be another week or two before we stop hearing about this year’s Grammy Awards, but considering they kick-off in only two days, information regarding the ceremony is coming in sort of a flood. Much of today’s (March 12) conversation about the Grammys centered round the Weeknd, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé. We’ve heavily reported on The Weeknd’s shocking snub this year and that we also learned that Bieber might not attend the ceremony because his album, Changes, wasn’t included within the R&B categories. Throughout the day, Beyoncé has been trending on social media following the l. a. Times’s interview with British television producer Ben Winston who has taken the helm of this year’s show.
During their chat, it had been noted that Beyoncé, who is leading with nine nominations this year, won’t be performing. It reportedly makes for the third time within the show’s history that the artist with the foremost nominations won’t be taking to the stage, and Winston was questioned about fans’ reactions once they learn that Bey “opted to not perform.”
“It’s unfortunate, because she’s such an enormous a part of the Recording Academy. We absolutely wish we had her onstage,” said Winston. He also shared a story of another artist—who he didn’t name—being asked to perform this year but they ultimately turned it down because they were still upset about years prior. it is a strange place for Winston to be in because he’s responsible of creating sure the show goes on without a hitch, not who is nominated or wins.
“You know that’s the deal once you take over the show,” said Winston. He spoke with music executives and labels about “what they considered the Grammys.” When speaking with the unnamed artist, “She was like, ‘I got snubbed three years ago, and I’m still annoyed about it.’ I told her, ‘Right, but you recognize that’s nothing to try to to with me?’ She said, ‘I don’t know — it kind of is, isn’t it?’”
Back in December, Megan Thee Stallion said in an interview that she and Beyoncé were in talks to perform their “Savage (Remix)” at the Grammys, but it doesn’t look as if that’s happening.