Ariana Grande Wins First Grammy, Skips Ceremony

She deleted a tweet after Cardi B's win
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 11, 2019 2:25 AM CST
Offset, left, and Cardi B arrive at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Ariana Grande won her first Grammy Award on Sunday, but the singer didn't collect it after deciding to skip the ceremony following a public dispute with the show's producer. Grande won the best pop vocal album trophy for "Sweetener," beating Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Shawn Mendes, and Camila Cabello. Grande was not in attendance at the pre-telecast ceremony, but she wrote on Twitter that her win was "wild and beautiful," the AP reports. "I know I'm not there tonight," she tweeted. "Trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked." Grande accused Grammy telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with the superstar singer about performing at Sunday's ceremony.

"As it turned out, when we finally got to the point where we thought maybe it would work, she felt it was too late for her to pull something together for sure," he said in an interview. But Grande fired back in a social media post that she "can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken." During the show, Grande also tweeted and quickly deleted criticism of the Grammys after the late Mac Miller—her ex—lost to Cardi B for rap album of the year. Grande called Miller's loss "trash" and also used an expletive. She later clarified she wasn't criticizing Cardi B. Miller died of an accidental drug overdose last year at age 26. (Click for a full list of Grammy winners.)


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