Lauryn Hill was supposed to take part of a surprise performance with the Weekend at last night’s Grammys, but according to Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, she was a no show.
“It’s a disappointment to us and a disappointment to her,” he said. “Our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage.”
Portnow said that the performance was meant to be a surprise and so was not announced. However, he thought it was going to go through because Hill had come to rehearsal on Monday, but then she simply did not come during the actual Grammy performance.
“She was there for it, completed it and left the building,” he said. ” And then she did not get back in time to make the show. I’m sorry, that’s the bottom line. That’s the truth. That’s unfortunate. I guess those things happen.”
Hill’s reps claim that the performance was “never confirmed,” and 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.”
From: USA Today