Music Execs Say Grammys Made a "Big Mistake" Losing Ariana Grande

The music industry is standing behind Ariana Grande’s decision not to attend the Grammy Awards due to creative differences with the show’s producer Ken Ehrlich.

On Thursday, Grande explained on Twitter that her “creativity and self expression was stifled” while planning her musical performance. Variety reported producers wouldn’t allow her to perform her desired song “7 rings,” though Grande said she offered to perform three songs. “It’s about collaboration. It’s about feeling supported,” she said on her decision not to attend Sunday's awards show, where she is nominated twice.

Scott Borchetta, CEO of Big Machine Records, told The Hollywood Reporter it was a big mistake to lose Grande. “You have to honor the artist's vision. A big mistake was made by not having the No. 1 record in the world on the show. So shame on that. That should never have happened. If you want the biggest artist in the world, you have to trust their artistic vision,” Borchetta said at Billboard’s Power 100 party on Thursday night at Avra Beverly Hills.

Daniel Glass — the music exec behind Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino and Two Door Cinema Club — told THR he was sad Grande would not be at the Grammys.

“To me, it's the greatest night of the year for the industry and maybe something will happen between now and Sunday, where she'll be a surprise,” Glass told THR. “She's the biggest pop female artist now, maybe the biggest pop artist out there. I would hope that somehow they could work it out.”

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