The Miseducation turned into the misinformed when it came down to Lauryn Hill’s performance at the Grammy’s Monday night. Earlier on Monday, there was an Instagram picture floating around of Miss Hill rehearsing with The Weeknd that led to speculation of her hitting the stage later that night. But like Rihanna who disappointed fans with her late cancellation of her Grammy performance, Lauryn Hill did the same.
In a statement regarding her reasoning why she pulled out on the performance,a rep for Miss Hill writes:
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 L.A. 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.
In response to Lauryn’s rep, Grammy President Neil Portnow explains:
It’s a disappointment to us and a disappointment to her. Our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage.” He said she attended rehearsal. “She was there for it, completed it and left the building. 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.”
Well the back and forth didn’t stop there, Lauryn reps responded to Portnow statement with another statement:
In regards to the comments this morning from The Grammys, CBS did announce Ms. Hill’s performance, there were official Grammy television ads that ran for a couple of days naming Ms. Hill as a performer on the show. Her camp was unhappy about this. They had made it clear from the start that although Ms. Hill was going to attempt to make the show, she could not confirm, as there were too many logistical issues that could potentially prevent the performance from happening. The performance was also supposed to be a surprise. This was discussed with Grammy organizers, and the TV spots were pulled. As previously mentioned, Ms. Hill attempted a last minute rush to LA, to see if this could happen, but unfortunately timing that day kept it from being a reality. Ms. Hill truly appreciated the invitation, and the efforts made by all parties to try and make the performance happen.
Lets just hope that from this Lauryn will see that her fans care and are waiting on a new album from her.