Lauryn Hill Receives Backlash For Not Attending The 2016 Grammy Awards

Lauryn Hill Receives Backlash For Not Attending The 2016 Grammy Awards
Lauryn Hill Receives Backlash For Not Attending The 2016 Grammy Awards 
BHR Hollywood Report........When the president of the Recording Academy called out Lauryn Hill for missing a surprise performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards, the "Repercussions" singer fired back.

Her rep released a statement saying that Hill never confirmed that she was performing with The Weeknd at the Grammys and that Recording Academy bigs jumped the gun by announcing her.

"The Grammys announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval," the rep told reports in a statement.

Lauryn Hill 
"Any performance that could have happened was never confirmed, and should not have been advertised as such."

The rep adds that Hill, 40, "had concerts all weekend," had no time to prepare and wasn't sure she'd be able to make it to Los Angeles in time for rehearsal.

 
The Weeknd 
However, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow told reporters that Hill attended a dress rehearsal the morning of the award show, although she missed a few rehearsals prior.

"When it came to show time, we were told she was late – three minutes out, seven minutes out and she didn't make it," he said. "She didn't make the performance, she didn't get into the building on time."

Portnow adds that he is "not accountable for why that happens." 

"If I have to be some place on time, I figure out how to do that," he says. "But great credit to The Weekend. With all best intentions, things changed, but he killed it."

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