If you were mad at Lauryn Hill for missing her scheduled Grammy performance with The Weeknd, then this additional explanation may make you more upset.
Initially, Hill blamed the Grammy folks and released a statement saying, “The Grammys announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval. The performance was intended to be a surprise and unfortunately due to its last minute nature, was unable to come to fruition.”
Then, hearing Ms. Hill’s excuse, the Recording Academy president Neil Portnow said that Lauryn missing her performance was, “a disappointment to us and a disappointment to her. Our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage.” He also denied prematurely announcing the surprise performance.
Well, the “Lost One” singer decided to issue another statement throwing shade back at the Grammys.
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.
So, whose side are you on?