Kanye West banned from singing at Grammy for “online behavior”

Kanye West has been banned from singing at the Grammy Awards because of his “online behavior”, confirms a representative of the artist. variety. Representatives from the Academy of Recordings and CBS, who present the Grammy Awards, did not respond immediately varietyhis requests to comment on the complaint on Saturday morning.

West’s spokesman quoted a report in Blast on Friday night as saying that the artist’s team had received a phone call on Friday night informing him that he had been “unfortunately” removed from the show’s list of performers because of his “online behavior”. While West, who is nominated for five Grammy Awards in 2022, was not among the first artists to be announced on Tuesday, he may have been a planned performer. He sent a representative for the West variety a link to that story, saying only “This is confirmed”; The representative did not respond to requests for further information, although the Blast report states: “Our sources say that Kanye’s team is not surprised by the decision.”

It shouldn’t be either. While the Academy did not respond to requests for comment, there are many reasons why a performance of Kanye West on live television would be a prohibitively risky proposition. Based on social media posts and his activity in recent months, he could use the stage to continue the online harassment of Pete Davidson, the new boyfriend of his estranged wife Kim Kardashian; he might try to lobby public sentiment for the custody of his children; could make a statement in support of sex offender Marilyn Manson or unrepentant homophobe DaBaby, both of whom she presented at her recent concerts or listening events; he could make several misleading statements about slavery or revive his opposition to former President Trump. Instead, he could use the platform to do something that is not selfish, self-referential, or simply trolling, such as when he unexpectedly said, “George Bush doesn’t care about people of color.” a televised fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Perhaps most of all, the report said the decision was made in part because of concerns about possible interactions between West and Grammy host Trevor Noah; West used an insult against Noah in an Instagram post about the comments made by the host of the “Daily Show” about his separation from Kardashian, which led to a 24-hour ban from the platform. In response, Noah wrote, “I’ll be honest with you – what I see in the situation is a woman who wants to live her life without being harassed by an ex-boyfriend, ex-husband, or ex-husband.”

West’s public appearances are seldom uncontroversial, often negative, and there’s no reason to expect a performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards to be an exception.

There have been outcry in some quarters about the report, claiming it is part of a racist or anti-hip-hop narrative. However, it is worth noting that the CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason jr. said he had successfully supported expanding the number of nominations for the Album of the Year from eight to 10, starting with the 2022 awards, as hip-hop was not represented – and the beneficiary of this decision was West’s “Donda” album. .

Veteran rapper The Game, who co-starred with West on the recent single and video “Eazy,” wrote in a frequently quoted post: to be their equal. In a more than obvious move due to tiny actions … The Grammy Awards decided, at the last minute, to withdraw (Kanye West) from the show, as if we didn’t know it was coming. It could be because (Trevor Noah) is hosting and a conversation has taken place between his team and the academy that led to the decision, or because Ye’s account was suspended just a few days ago for unknown reasons, especially in a world in which all the negativities of the world can be found in the same application without repercussions or suspensions … We will only say that they are all the above and a continuous lack of respect for us and everything we have brought to the table in entertainment, media and especially in the last 100 years. ” Contacted by Variety, a Game representative did not immediately comment.

The first round of Grammy performers was announced on Tuesday morning: BTS nominations, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile and Brothers Osborne.

Held live at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 8:00 PM ET / 5:00 PM PT on CBS and will be available to stream. live and on demand on Paramount +.