Longtime Grammys producer, Ken Ehrlich, spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday regarding the matter. He claimed his team “felt it was too late for to pull something together.”
Grande, 25, quickly fired back at his comments over Twitter, claiming Ehrlich was actually lying. “I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken,” she wrote.
“It was when my creativity and self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend.”
Her latest smash-hit 7 Rings, was reportedly one of her three choices.
When Grande refused their offer, the producers allegedly said she could only play a portion of the songs as part of a “medley,” as long as they could choose the other songs. It was at that point the singer declined the spot altogether.
Grande did not comment on her decision to drop the Grammys until Ehrlich himself pointed the finger toward her.
A number of dedicated “Arianators” reached out to the singer over Twitter questioning whether the producer’s comments were true.
Grande then screenshotted the interview and addressed her fans’ concerns. “Mhmm, here it is! ‘Too late for her to pull something together…'” she quoted.
“I’ve kept my mouth shut, but now you’re lying about me,” she claimed about the producer.
The singer claimed she “offered three different songs” to the producers.
“It’s about collaboration feeling supported,” she wrote. “It’s about art and honesty, not politics, not doing favours or playing games.”
“I’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me,” she continued. “I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more.”
“Hope that helps everyone understand my decision,” she added. “I am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year.”
Grande is now a six-time Grammy nominee. Two of those nods came this year, for “Best Pop Solo Performance” on God is a Woman, as well as “Best Pop Vocal Album” for Sweetener (2018).
After seeing her face littered across L.A. Billboards and public transportation promoting for the long-awaited event, Grande joked, “Passed a Grammys bus with my face on it typing this.”
“Anyf**kingway,” she concluded.
As of this writing, neither Ehrlich nor any other spokeperson for the Grammys has replied to Grande’s claims.
The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET.
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