Ariana Grande Absent At Grammy… Singer Wins First Grammy Award For Best Pop Vocal Album
Pop icon Ariana Grande took home the first Grammy of her career for Best Pop Vocal Album on Sunday for her fourth studio album “Sweetener,” topping a tough field including perennial favorite Taylor Swift.
Grande’s Grammy comes after six career nominations but the star was notably absent from this year’s gala.
Just days before the event, she slammed the ceremony’s producer for “lying” about her decision not to perform on music’s biggest night.
The chart-topper released her fifth album “Thank U, Next” before lashing out at producer Ken Ehrlich after he told US media the 25-year-old Grande “felt it was too late for her to pull something together.”
“I know I’m not there tonight (trust, I tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and I know I said I try not to put too much weight into these things …. but (…) this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much,” she tweeted.
i know i’m not there tonight (trust, i tried and still truly wished it had worked out tbh) and i know i said i try not to put too much weight into these things …. but fuck ……. 🥺 this is wild and beautiful. thank you so much.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 10, 2019
Grande had great success in the last 12 months, with Billboard naming her its 2018 Woman of the Year.
But she was passed over in the top Grammy categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year — though her smash hit “Thank U, Next,” the title song off her new album, dropped after this year’s nomination deadline.
“Sweetener” includes her signature blend of pop and R&B with inflections of hip-hop, all set to the star’s wide-ranging, silky-yet-breathy vocals.