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It's official: Ariana Grande will not be appearing at this year's Grammy Awards at all. Even though she was due to perform at the ceremony, she's backing out after the show's producers tried to control said performance. 

She was hoping to sing her newest hit single "7 Rings," but the show's producers weren't too crazy about the idea. They eventually agreed to let Grande sing it under the condition they got to choose the second song in her set. Reportedly, none of the other performers were held to the same standards, so Grande stood up for herself and left the show completely.

Ariana Grande is saying bye-bye to her Grammy Awards appearance.

Grande was set to perform at the awards show on February 10, but because she won't have control over the songs in her performance, she's not showing up at all. 

Grande wanted creative control of her performance that the show's producers weren't ready to give her. 

Reportedly, the singer wanted to perform "7 Rings," but producers of the show advised against it. Eventually, everyone agreed that the song could be part of a medley, but then producers "insisted" that they pick the second song. She wasn't happy. 

Apparently, the other Grammy performers weren't facing the same level of scrutiny.

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i can’t wait part two @sweetener

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An article from Variety states that none of the other performers had creative control issues. The source claimed other performers were allowed to have control over their sets, and this is why Grande's reaction was so extreme. 

Grande can still be seen in the Grammy Awards' promotional materials, though — someone better take 'em down quickly.

This whole issue is a little awkward considering that Grande won't be performing at the very awards show she's advertising. Grande, along with Shawn Mendes and Kacey Musgraves, have been turned into "Memojis" on billboards across LA. 

Grande could have used the Grammy performance to promote her next album. 

Grande's album drops only two days before the Grammy Awards, and a performance at the ceremony could have been a nice push for album sales. But she might not even need it with the popularity of her first two singles. 

And now, should Grande win one of the awards she's nominated for, she won't be able to accept them in person.

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Grande is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Performance for "God Is A Woman" and Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener. Since she won't be there, I'll gladly accept the award on her behalf. 

Like many before her, Grande has had to fight for control over her own career, because women clearly don't know how to handle things.

When Grande spoke to Billboard about the difficulties she's faced, she said she's always wanted to put out music without restrictions. 

“I feel like there are certain standards that pop women are held to that men aren’t… it’s just like, bruh, I just want to fucking talk to my fans and sing and write music and drop it the way these boys do."

And that's why the singer's fans are rallying behind her choice to ditch the performance.

They're certainly upset that Grande won't be performing, but they appreciate her for standing up for herself.

They're even suggesting she get super, super petty with the whole thing.

She should live-tweet the whole thing just because she can and give petty little comments about the show. It's the simplest way to get revenge. 

She's not the only artist to pull out of the Grammys. Taylor Swift won't be there, either.

Swift reportedly pulled out of the awards show and will instead attend the 2019 BAFTA Awards to support boyfriend Joe Alwyn, according to Just Jared. The two award shows are on the same night, but the reports haven't been confirmed yet. Swift's album Reputation is nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album.

And last year, Lorde turned down a Grammy performance even though she was nominated for Album of the Year. 

Last year, the Grammys snubbed Lorde, too. She turned down a performance because the producers only wanted her to sing in a group. A solo performance was out of the question for her.

It's no wonder so many artists turn down performances; plenty of deserving artists were snubbed by the nominations this year, including Grande. 

Grande's album Sweetener was a big success on the charts, but it's not nominated in any major category. In fact, she's never won a Grammy before. Taylor Swift only has one nomination this year, even though she's won the Grammy for Album of the Year twice.

But this year's Grammy lineup offers plenty of other performers to look forward to, including Cardi B and Shawn Mendes. 

The Grammy Awards might have lost Grande and Swift, but it has more than enough hit music acts to fill the night. Cardi B, Katy Perry, Young Thug, and Diana Ross are all set to perform. Dolly Parton will even perform new music at a special event just before the show, according to Rolling Stone

And hey, at least we have a few more Thank U, Next singles to look forward to.

The song with the long and mysterious title is going to be the next single from Thank U, Next. Grande responded to a fan who asked what her next single would be with "buwygf, ib" (Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored).

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