After Lauryn Hill was expected to swoop in on The Weeknd‘s performance at the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday night (Feb. 15), the singer failed to appear on-stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center due to its “last minute nature.”
A rep from Hill’s camp issued the following statement:
“The Grammy’s announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval. Ms. Hill had concerts all weekend, leaving no time to prepare, and was uncertain she would even be able to make it to LA in time to rehearse for the event. Any performance that could have happened was never confirmed, and should not have been advertised as such. Ms. Hill was invited to do a collaboration with an artist she appreciates. The performance was intended to be a surprise and unfortunately due to its last minute nature, was unable to come to fruition.”
The Weeknd still held his own with renditions of his hits “In The Night” — which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard 200 — and his chart-topping smash “Can’t Feel My Face.”
UPDATE: A rep for the Grammys tells Billboard Hill wasn’t announced as part of the performance lineup. Recording Academy president Neil Portnow also said that none of Hill’s statement “was accurate,” noting that she was in rehearsals Monday morning but did not make it back in time for unannounced performance with The Weeknd.