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Lauryn Hill Explains Why She Didn’t Perform At The Grammys

We reported this week that the legendary Ms. Lauryn Hill was slated to surprise the crowd with a duet with The Weeknd on his big “Beauty Behind The Madness” Grammy night. The Academy even teased the performance all week prior to the big night:

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In a statement, a rep for Lauryn Hill explained her absence and claims The Academy prematurely confirmed her performance:

The Grammys 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 L.A. 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.

Hill’s camp later issued another statement after the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow called her a “disappointment” for not showing up:

In regards to the comments this morning from The Grammys, CBS did announce Ms. Hill’s performance, there were official Grammy television ads that ran for a couple of days naming Ms. Hill as a performer on the show. Her camp was unhappy about this. They had made it clear from the start that although Ms. Hill was going to attempt to make the show, she could not confirm, as there were too many logistical issues that could potentially prevent the performance from happening. The performance was also supposed to be a surprise. This was discussed with Grammy organizers, and the TV spots were pulled. As previously mentioned, 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. Ms. Hill truly appreciated the invitation, and the efforts made by all parties to try and make the performance happen.

Well, The Weeknd ended up taking the stage alone and doing a decent job, so we suppose all is well that ends well. Do you think Lauryn should have performed at the Grammy’s?



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