JAY-Z, Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, and Lorde are all up for Album Of The Year at the Grammys tonight, and all of them except JAY-Z and Lorde will be performing at the ceremony. She performed in NYC on Wednesday and Friday, but sources close to the situation tell Variety that the singer refused to perform after producers wouldn’t let her perform a song of hers solo. While all of the male nominees — except JAY-Z, who declined the offer — are set to perform songs from their nominated albums, Lorde was reportedly only asked to sing “American Girl” as part of a group Tom Petty tribute. After a heated back-and-forth, no agreement was reached, and TMZ reports that Lorde won’t be making an appearance on the red carpet either.
UPDATE: Asked whether it was a mistake to leave a Lorde performance off of the show, Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich said, “I don’t know if it was a mistake. These shows are a matter of choices. We have a box and it gets full. She had a great album. There’s no way we can really deal with everybody.”
And Lorde seemed to reference the controversy in a tweet…