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Tiffany Haddish revealed that she turned down the offer to host the Grammys pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony.
The Recording Academy allegedly asked her to host the three-hour livestreamed event without receiving any payment. They also apparently refused to cover her hair, makeup or wardrobe for the on-air event.
“All of that would have to come out of my pocket,” Tiffany told Variety. “I don’t know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it’s disrespectful.”
The Recording Academy told Variety that “all hosts, presenters, and performers have traditionally performed gratis, including this year,” because the Academy is a not-for-profit organization. In addition, they said her decision would not impact if she was nominated again in the future.
“I was like, ‘The exposure is amazing but I think I have enough. I appreciate you guys asking,’” Tiffany continued. “And as much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not okay.”
Tiffany is nominated for a Grammy this year for best comedy album for Netflix’s “Black Mitzvah.” She was nominated last year for her spoken word album “The Last Black Unicorn.” The 2021 ceremony will take place on January 31.
This is not the first controversy the Grammys has been involved in recently.
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