This is the 3rd time in Grammy history that the artist with the most nominations decided not to take to the stage (the others were Kendrick Lamar & Jay-Z).
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During their chat, it was noted that Beyoncé, who is leading with nine nominations this year, won’t be performing. It reportedly makes for the third time in the show’s history that the artist with the most nominations won’t be taking to the stage, and Winston was questioned about fans’ reactions when they learn that Bey “opted not to perform.”
“It’s unfortunate, because she’s such a big part of the Recording Academy. We absolutely wish we had her onstage,” said Winston. He also shared a story of another artist—who he didn’t name—being asked to perform this year but they ultimately turned it down because they were still upset about years prior. It’s a strange place for Winston to be in because he’s in charge of making sure the show goes on without a hitch, not who is nominated or wins.
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“You know that’s the deal when you take over the show,” said Winston. He spoke with music executives and labels about “what they thought about the Grammys.” When speaking with the unnamed artist, “She was like, ‘I got snubbed three years ago, and I’m still annoyed about it.’ I told her, ‘Right, but you know that’s nothing to do with me?’ She said, ‘I don’t know — it sort of is, isn’t it?’”