(AllHipHop News) Last week rumors began to circulate that Lauryn Hill would join The Weeknd for a "surprise" performance at this year's Grammy awards. However, the night of the ceremony Ms. Hill was not part of the event, and it was reported the former Fugees member backed out at the last minute.
While the Recording Academy insisted Hill was scheduled to hit the stage with The Weeknd and unfortunately did not return to Los Angeles' Staples Center after the pre-show rehearsals, a representative for the 8-time Grammy winner claims she was never officially confirmed for the actual Monday night broadcast.
Lauryn Hill's camp released the following 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.