Ariana Grande Pulled Out of the Grammys, But St. Vincent Might Make it Worth Watching

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While this year’s Grammys performer list is still coming together, it seems like the producers behind the show are having trouble learning from past mistakes. After a disagreement with producers on what song she’d be allowed to sing, Ariana Grande has pulled out of performing at the Grammys. Hoping to perform “7 Rings,” production pushed back on the request, ultimately leading to Grande pulling out entirely. If the disagreement sounds similar, that’s because Best Album nominee Lorde had the same issue before pulling out of last year’s ceremony.

Even without Grande, the Grammys are still boasting a performance lineup worth your while. At the top of the billing is Dolly Parton, who will be returning to the Grammys stage for the first time since 2001 to perform music from the film Dumplin‘. She’ll be honored with the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year, with Katy Perry, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Little Big Town performing a medley of her hits.

The most recent confirmed additions include Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson, Travis Scott, Chloe x Halle, a collaboration between Dua Lipa and St. Vincent, and an Aretha Franklin tribute performance from Yolanda Adams, Fantasia, and Andra Day.

Those artists join previously announced performers: Cardi B, Brandi Carlile, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., Shawn Mendes, Janelle Monáe, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Post Malone (you read that right), and Diana Ross. According to the Grammys official announcement,J Balvin and Young Thug, and GRAMMY winners Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval, will join Camila Cabello for an explosive show opener,” which sounds like a journey.

This year’s ceremony returns to Los Angeles after a quick field trip to New York last year, but no matter where it’s at, you can always expect the Grammys to be a little dramatic (thank u, next), a guaranteed disaster (Post Malone with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, seriously?), and the most perfect musical mess of the awards season.