Although the 61st Grammy Awards are just one night time away, the largest information cycle surrounding the present this week has targeted extra on who’s not attending than who’s. After Ariana Grande was reported to have pulled out of the slate of Grammy performers due to clashes with the manufacturing staff, the present’s longtime government producer Ken Ehrlich mentioned the explanation was that the singer “felt it was too late to drag one thing collectively” — however Grande fired again on Twitter that Ehrlich was “mendacity about me” and “my creativity and self-expression was stifled.”
“I noticed these tweets and what she mentioned. I assume it was a shock,” Erhlich tells Rolling Stone at rehearsals for the present this weekend. “I’ll say this, and so they don’t need me to say it however I’m going to say it: The factor that in all probability bothered me greater than no matter else she mentioned about me is when she mentioned I’m not collaborative.
“The actual fact of the matter is — and I really wrote slightly factor in the course of the night time that I’m not going to do something about, however, I imply. You’ll be able to ask Christina Aguilera, who I requested to do ‘It’s a Man’s World’ for James Brown,” Ehrlich added. “You’ll be able to ask Melissa Etheridge, who completed her most cancers therapy and I put her out on stage, bald, doing Janis Joplin. You’ll be able to ask Ricky Martin who in a single day grew to become the creator of the Latin music revolution. Ask Mary J. Blige, who was scared shitless to go on the market and do ‘No Extra Drama.’ I principally labored along with her to mildew it. Ask H.E.R. who’s on this present.”
Ehrlich says he by no means spoke to Grande instantly, however labored along with her administration staff, and that he often does “not have this occur.” “I don’t know if I’m good at the rest, however I perceive artists and I can hear different artists in an artist,” he says. “I don’t say to individuals, ‘That is what you need to do.’ I strategy it casually and say, hey, this may be a good suggestion, let’s discover one thing within the center.”
The 61st Grammys airs Sunday night time on CBS from the Staples Middle in Los Angeles. Dua Lipa, Cardi B and Publish Malone are amongst these scheduled to carry out, with Alicia Keys internet hosting the three-and-a-half hour stay present.