Grammy Awards Producer Responds to Ariana Grande’s Call Out: ‘I Guess It Was a Surprise’

Ken Ehrlich has spoken up days after Ariana Grande blasted him and explained why she won’t be performing at the Grammy Awards ceremony this weekend.

Recall that the drama started on On Thursday when Grande tweeted a screenshot of an Associated Press interview with Erhlich, in which he was quoted as saying she “felt it was too late to put something together for the show.” She shut down his lie in succinct tweets that quickly went viral.

Now he has attempted to save face.

“I saw those tweets and what she said. I guess it was a surprise,” Erhlich told Rolling Stone. “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.”

He continued, “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 shitless to go out there and do ‘No More Drama.’ I basically worked with her to mold 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.

Anyway, the Grammy Awards will be broadcast Sunday (Feb. 10).

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