Scandal Erupts Over Ariana Grande’s 2020 GRAMMY Performance Despite Abuse Allegations

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This drama with the GRAMMY Awards doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. This week, ousted Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan filed a complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in it, included allegations that former GRAMMY CEO Neil Portnow has been accused of rape by a Recording Academy employee, that she was frequently sexually harassed by another R.A. executive, and that the music organization did not do enough to increase racial diversity in nominations and winners.

This morning, Deborah was on Good Morning America to tell her story, and despite host George Stephanopoulos‘s attempts to discredit her, the story becomes more and more credible.

But the GRAMMY Awards are just days away and performers like Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato have announced their participation in the music event. Since news dropped about alleged corruption, gender discrimination, racism, and assault in the Recording Academy, many fans have wondered whether Ari would still perform. After all, Deborah Dugan named her and Ed Sheeran specifically as artists who were snubbed last year because of conflicts of interest in voting committees — presumably for a Song of the Year nomination for Brandi Carlile, whose representation serves on the Board of Trustees for the Recording Academy.

Ariana dropped out of last year’s GRAMMY show because they refused to allow her creative control of her performance, so some are wondering if it’s “selfish” for her to only make a stand when she’s being personally being affected by the Recording Academy’s messed up antics. If nothing else, her privilege is showing.

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