Musician Kanye West has a representative made a statement diversity this weekend, Confirming a report that West had been barred from attending this year’s Grammy ceremony. The representative apparently quoted a report published on The explosion yesterday that said West was banned from performing at the April 3 event, above “about online behavior“. WThat’s probably a nice way of describing the ongoing harassment West has directed at his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new boyfriend Pete Davidson.
However, this is where this story gets a little nebulous and strange. (And we recognize that PSection Twhere seems somehow early for the special segue, but such is life on the kanye beat.) At no point did the Grammys announced that West would ever be there this year – despite the fact that his album dondaand its various tracks, are nominated in four categoriesincluding Best Album. diversity notes that the Grammys — which announced the first wave of artists at this year’s ceremony, including BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile and Brothers Osborne have not responded to requests for comment Tuesday about West’s involvement, or lack thereof.
The upshot of this is that the narrative here is currently being dictated in its entirety from West’s camp and from allies like rapper The Game, the posted a longer paragraph on Instagram West’s failure to paint as an insult to black artists and hip-hop, rather than, shall we say, a fairly rational decision not to bring Kanye West near a television camera, a Microphone and a national audience.
The whole situation is further complicated by the fact that this year’s Grammys are being hosted by The daily News‘s Trevor Noah, who recently spent airtime on his series opening up about West’s behavior towards his ex— which quickly led to a response from West on Instagram that quickly obtained a 24-hour ban on the musician.
The question herethen becomes a question of whether West was originally offered a spot on the show that was then withdrawn, or whether the Grammys organizers simply declined to include him in the first place. Which again would not be an unreasonable position—especially given West’s recent used his headlining position at this year’s Coachella to try to dictate the behavior of fellow headliner Eilishor basically anything else he’s been up to in recent years with his numerous shots in the public spotlight.
https://www.avclub.com/kanye-west-pulled-2022-grammys-donda-1848676605 Kanye rep says he’s been pulled from performing at the 2022 Grammys