Kanye West was supposed to perform at the upcoming Grammy Awards but his set was canceled following his recent online posts, according to his rep.
E! News has reached out for comment from the Recording Academy, the group behind the ceremony, but has not heard back. The organization had never confirmed a planned performance by Kanye, who is nominated for five Grammys for the 2022 show, which is set to take place April 3.
Kanye’s rep confirmed to E! News a March 18 report from “The Blast,” which quoted sources close to Ye as saying that the Donda rapper’s team received a phone call that evening, informing him he has been pulled from the lineup of performers for the Grammys.
According to the website, insiders say the show is “unfortunately” taking this position “due to what they deem to be concerning online behavior.” “The Blast” also reported that the decision was also made partially because Trevor Noah is hosting the ceremony and there was concern about the two men’s interaction during the show.
Kanye was suspended from Instagram for 24 hours this week after posting a racial slur directed Noah, a rep for the social network’s parent company Meta confirmed to CNN. The company confirmed to E! News that the suspension came because Ye violated its policies on hate speech, bullying and harassment. He had published his post after the host spoke on the series “The Daily Show” about the rapper’s recent controversial posts about his ex Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson.
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SOURCE: NBC Bay Area, Corinne Heller