Beyoncé goes into the night leading the nominations, but the singer “opted not to perform” at the Grammys 2021.
The show wakes place tonight, after being pushed back from its original end of January spot, due to the pandemic.
Grammy producer Ben Winston, who worked on the awards show for the first time, told the Los Angeles Times that Beyoncé chose not to perform at the ceremony.
“It’s unfortunate because she’s such a big part of the Recording Academy,” he said. “We absolutely wish we had her onstage.”
Winston also said that another star, which he didn’t name, turned down an offer to perform.
“Because she was like, ‘I got snubbed three years ago, and I’m still annoyed about it.’” Winston said he told her: “Right, but you know that’s nothing to do with me? She said, ‘I don’t know—it sort of is, isn’t it?’”
Beyoncé goes into the night leading with nine nominations, including Record of The Year and Song of the Year for “Black Parade”, and Record of the Year for her “Savage Remix” collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion.
It was previously reported that she was in talks to perform “Savage Remix” with Megan Thee Stallion at the ceremony.