Ariana Grande Blasts Grammys Producer, Explains Why She's Not Performing: 'It's About Feeling Supported'

Ariana Grande has chosen not to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards, and now she's tweeting her side of the story after disputing an interview published Thursday (Feb. 7) with ceremony producer Ken Ehrlich.

In the Associated Press interview, which Grande screenshotted in her tweet, Ehrlich is quoted as saying that the singer “felt it was too late to put something together for the show.” However, Grande says that is simply not the case.

“I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me,” Ariana tweeted Thursday. “I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken. it was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that i decided not to attend. i hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more."

It appears the disagreement arose over Grande's set list for her performance. “I offered 3 different songs,” she continued in the thread. “It’s about collaboration. it’s about feeling supported. it’s about art and honesty. not politics. not doing favors or playing games. it’s just a game y’all.. and i’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.”

Grande later tweeted a message to fans, asking them to understand her position in pulling out of the telecast at the last minute. “hope that helps everyone understand my decision,” the tweet reads. “I am still grateful for the acknowledgement this year.”

Given the tweet, it appears the star -- who's nominated for two awards, including best pop vocal album (Sweetener) and best pop solo performance ("God Is a Woman") -- won't be showing up for the ceremony on Sunday at all.

Check out all of Ariana’s tweets regarding the controversy below. The 61st annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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