Grammy Awards Producer Responds to Ariana Grande Tweets

After Ken Ehrlich copped criticism from Ariana Grande for "lying" about the reason she would not be performing at the Grammys, the producer has responded to Ari's clap back, calling it "a surprise".

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Ehrlich said, “I saw those tweets and what she said. I guess it was a surprise."

“I will say this, and they don’t want me to say it but I’m going to say it: The thing that probably bothered me more than whatever else she said about me is when she said I’m not collaborative.

 "The fact of the matter is -- and I actually wrote a little thing in the middle of the night that I’m not going to do anything about, but, I mean. You can ask Christina Aguilera, who I asked to do "It’s a Man’s World" for James Brown. You can ask Melissa Etheridge, who finished her cancer treatment and I put her out on stage, bald, doing Janis Joplin. You can ask Ricky Martin who overnight became the creator of the Latin music revolution. Ask Mary J. Blige, who was scared sh**less to go out there and do "No More Drama". I basically worked with her to mould it. Ask H.E.R. who’s in this show.”

“I don’t know if I’m good at anything else, but I understand artists and I can hear other artists in an artist. I don’t say to people, ‘This is what you should do.’ I approach it casually and say, hey, this might be a good idea, let’s find something in the middle," he said, adding that he never corresponded with Grande directly, only her people.

The whole ordeal comes after the "thank u, next" singer tweeted that the producer had been "lying" for the reason she declined to perform at the awards show, with Ehrlich alleging the star believed she couldn't pull a show together in such little time.

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“I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me,” Grande wrote in response. “I can pull together a performance overnight and you know that, Ken. It was when my creativity & self expression was stifled by you, that I decided not to attend. I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more."

"I offered 3 different songs,” she added in her tweets. “It’s about collaboration. It’s about feeling supported. It’s about art and honesty. Not politics. Not doing favours or playing games. it’s just a game y’all.. and I’m sorry but that’s not what music is to me.”

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