"Ms. Hill attempted a last minute rush to LA, to see if this could happen, but unfortunately timing that day kept it from being a reality."
After Lauryn Hill failed to appear at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday night, her back and forth with the Recording Academy continues.
Recording Academy President Neil Portnow told reporters backstage at Monday's Grammys that Hill's absence was a disappointment to everyone. "Our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage," he said, restating that Hill had attended rehearsals at Los Angeles' Staples Center earlier on Monday but just didn't show up later for the actual show. "She was there for it, completed it and left the building. And then she did not get back in time to make the show. I'm sorry, that's the bottom line. That's the truth. That's unfortunate. I guess those things happen."