Just in: Ariana Grande won her first Grammy despite no show
Her fourth studio album, Sweetener, picked up Best Pop Vocal Album.
Ariana Grande has won Best Pop Vocal Album at the 61st Grammy Awards, airing later this morning (Feb 11, Singapore time).
Grande’s fourth studio album beat out Camila Cabello, Kelly Clarkson, Shawn Mendes, Pink and Taylor Swift for the pre-show honours.
This marks Grande’s first Grammy win after six nominations in her career.
In another pre-show award, Grande lost Best Pop Solo Performance for God Is A Woman to Lady Gaga, who won with a reworked version of her single, Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?).
The 25-year-old singer will not be attending the Grammy Awards, following a disagreement with Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich over her planned performance.
Ehrlich told the Associated Press on Thursday (Feb 7) that the singer “felt it was too late for her to pull something together” but Grande hit back on Twitter, accusing Ehrlich of lying.
In a series of tweets, Grande wrote: “I’ve kept my mouth shut but now you’re lying about me. I can pull together a performance over night and you know that, Ken”.
The Thank U, Next hitmaker claimed her “creativity and self expression” were “stifled” and she ultimately decided not to attend the Grammys.
“I hope the show is exactly what you want it to be and more,” she added.
Variety reported that producers refused to allow Grande to perform her new single 7 Rings during the show. Producers then allegedly offered a compromise where the song would be performed as part of a medley, but remained insistent that they would get to pick the second song.
Grande’s fifth studio album, Thank U, Next, was released on Friday (Feb 8).