Awards body dismisses claim that Hill was booked to perform without confirmation
Hill did not appear for her performance held at the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, last night (February 15). Later on during the course of the evening, Hill’s camp released the following statement:
“The Grammys announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval. Ms. Hill had concerts all weekend, leaving no time to prepare, and was uncertain she would even be able to make it to LA in time to rehearse for the event. Any performance that could have happened was never confirmed, and should not have been advertised as such. Ms. Hill was invited to do a collaboration with an artist she appreciates.”
“The performance was intended to be a surprise and unfortunately due to its last minute nature, was unable to come to fruition” reports Stereogum.
But Neil Portnow – president of the Recording Academy – hit back in USA Today, saying that “none of that statement is accurate”, instead saying her absence was “a disappointment to us and a disappointment to her,” adding that “our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage.”
“She was there for it, completed it and left the building. And then she did not get back in time to make the show” he said reffering to her appearance at an earlier dress rehearsal. “I’m sorry, that’s the bottom line. That’s the truth. That’s unfortunate. I guess those things happen.”
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