Review: Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ swagger upstages Grammys drama

You don’t have to listen to Ariana Grande’s new album more than once or twice before you start wondering if she ever intended to perform on this weekend’s Grammy Awards.

After all, what smarter way to promote a record about exerting one’s power than to publicly bail on the music industry’s biggest event mere days before the show (and mere hours before the album drops)? Advertisement > That’s the story that took shape Thursday after comments by Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich — who told the Associated Press that Grande couldn’t "pull something together" — led the singer to write on Twitter that in fact she’d decided not to perform because Ehrlich had "stifled" her "creativity & self-expression."

"I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more," she added, expertly punctuating the thought with a black heart emoji.

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