Grammys Producer Ken Ehrlich Responds to Ariana Grande: "It Was a Surprise"

Lawrence Kim
February 11, 2019

The singer, who celebrated the release of her latest album, Thank U, Next, revealed in a new interview that she nearly didn't name drop her exes, but her breakup with Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson led her to include his name along with exes Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez and late rapper Mac Miller on the song.

Grande accused Grammy telecast executive producer Ken Ehrlich of lying about discussions with the superstar singer about performing at Sunday's ceremony. But that characterization didn't sit well with Grande, and the pop star took to Twitter to call Ehrlich out.

Now, Ehrlich has responded in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

"I was also trying to be protective", she said.

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 Ricky Martin who overnight became the creator of the Latin music revolution.

"There's a version where I was getting married, there's a version where I'm not getting married, there's a version with nothing - we're not talking about anything", she continued.

But she was passed over in the top Grammy categories of Album, Record and Song of the Year - though her smash hit "Thank U, Next", the title song off her new album, dropped after this year's nomination deadline. Ask H.E.R. who's in this show.

Insiders told Variety that Grande felt "insulted" that producers didn't want her to perform her "7 Rings". "I understand that to a lot of people, I'm not a real person, or it's easy to just kind of like see me as like, a song or a picture or like a thing that kind of exists in their head and they know what they know and that's it".

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