The Grammys were pretty great this year with several memorable performances.
One act that we were hoping to see though was the rumored pairing of Lauryn Hill and The Weeknd!
Unfortunately, we learned shortly after the award show from Hill's rep that the Grammys were the ones that prematurely announced the performance as it was never a sure thing and was supposed to be a surprise.
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Well in a classic case of he-said/she-said, the Recording Academy President Neil Portnow talked a bit about the award show's hiccups and responded to Lauryn's rep's statements on Monday evening by saying it wasn't "accurate."
Portnow went on to say:
"We had rehearsals off-site that she didn't attend, but we had a dress rehearsal onstage that she did attend. When it came to showtime, we were told she was late, three minutes to seven minutes out, but she didn't make it."
Well the Ready or Not singer's people weren't going to let that fly as they released another statement on Wednesday disagreeing with Neil, saying:
"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 it sounds like the songstress' peeps are just standing their ground that her performance was never a sure thing. It's totally understandable that they'd want to clear the air, especially if the Recording Academy is trying to make it appear as if she bailed on the show!
We just hope this doesn't ruin the 40-year-old's chances of performing at the Grammys in the future!
What do you think of the most recent statements?
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Tags: awardz, grammys, lauryn hill, music minute, neil portnow, the weeknd