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Taylor Swift Bows Out of Grammys

Singer was reportedly going to do a surprise performance, now won't even be attending
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2020 7:32 PM CST
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Taylor Swift attends the premiere of "Miss Americana" at the Eccles Theater during the 2020 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Park City, Utah.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Taylor Swift was reportedly planning a surprise performance at the Grammy Awards, but sources told Variety on Friday that she'd decided not to do it after all—and on Sunday, hours before the ceremony, sources told CNN she wouldn't be in attendance at all. Her reasons aren't clear, but many news outlets are making a connection between her decision and ousted CEO Deborah Dugan, who says she was fired after she alleged sexual harassment and nomination irregularities. Swift is nominated for song of the year, best pop solo performance, and best pop vocal album. Best pop solo performance was the first award handed out during the telecast, and it went to Lizzo, not Swift. (Click for more on the opening of the show, see some political red carpet looks, or keep checking here for updates as the night goes on.)

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