Academy President Claps Back At Lauryn Hill Over Grammy Performance

Published: Wednesday 17th Feb 2016 by Rashad

As reported here, ‘Rebel’ diva Lauryn Hill was set to deliver a “surprise performance” with The Weeknd at this week’s Grammy showing.  However, the real “surprise” came when Hill was a no-show, leaving the ‘Earned It’ singer to croon his hits by his lonesome.

Quickly clarifying the rumors on her absenteeism, a rep shared with the media that Hill’s appearance was ‘prematurely announced’ and ‘unable to come to fruition’ due to its ‘last minute nature.’

Once those words caught the attention of the Recording Academy’s president Neil Portnow, however, they were immediately deemed ‘inaccurate.’

Did you miss his stinging “clapback”?  It awaits below:

“Hill’s absence not only surprised in-the-know viewers, but the Grammys themselves were caught off guard.”

“It’s a disappointment to us and a disappointment to her,” Portnow told USA Today of Hill’s absence. “Our intention was, and we were ready, right up to the moment of the performance, for her to step up on stage.”

In fact, Portnow and an associate assert Hill actually rehearsed with The Weeknd…then missed the actual performance.

“She was there for it, completed it and left the building,” Portnow told USA Today. “And then she did not get back in time to make the show. I’m sorry, that’s the bottom line. That’s the truth. That’s unfortunate. I guess those things happen.”

While The Weeknd has yet to comment on the drama, the news follows years of reports of Hill’s tardiness and absenteeism.

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  1. HailBeysus February 17, 2016

    Because Miss Hill saw through your lies!!! Snubbing a beautiful black woman that passed and not giving her a tribute! Natalie Cole deserved a tribute!!! Than y’all snub Kendrick and gave BASIC SWIFT AOTY!!! Na Uh Huntea!! Miss hill ain’t having it and neither is the GP!

    • HailBeysus February 17, 2016

      Don’t think the GP didn’t see how y’all filled that roster with black performers to mask Basic Swifts win! Y’all knew black twitter would have an uproar. Joke on ya selfs the GENERAL PUBLIC had an uproar instead! DEATH at that skelator claiming she was the first female artist’s to win AOTY twice. I checked the Grammys and Allison Krause has two Album of The Year titles. I can’t with that bitxh being so into herself ugh!!!

    • Truth(Nicki WHACK and Adele FAT…WHET!!) February 17, 2016

      If she felt THAT way then she dhould have said it. Ppl can ride with that. But that aint what she said u dizzy ho. R u her spokesperson biitch?? If not then suck a diick and stfu…BIITCH!!

      • HailBeysus February 17, 2016

        You’re always trying to pick a fight with me but instead come off stupid af! Where did I say she said this!! She’s always spoken out against the music industry in her music. The elite destoryed her career but couldn’t brake her. Have several seats hoee and stfu!!!

    • eric February 17, 2016

      We don’t know what she was thinking, but if that truly is the way she felt, she could’ve used the performance to represent for black women and talented black musicians period. Whatever was missing from the show, stand up and represent for that.

    • Rihboy February 17, 2016

      For once I agree with you. Just a calculated mess. I’m glad Rihanna bailed. I’m glad bey only gave them presenter tease. Taylor can sell but she is as basic as it can get when its time to deliver a performance. She is safe, clueless, naive, ditzy, and blonde. With generic music. She caters to all ages and all races. The masses will eat it up. But for colored folk like Kendrick, bey, Rihanna, and others; they have to work overtime to get the masses to hear them. Moreover mold themselves into confirming with current trends or what’s hot. I like the fact that rih can diversify. She can be country, alternative, pop, reggae, r&b, soul, and more. Bey as well. But because of the color of their skin they will always be second best. At the end of the day their accomplishments will be swept under a rug while they push the white to the forefront. Nobody was watching the Grammys for Taylor. Or even Gaga! It was for Kendrick, the weekend, Rihanna, and the possibility of bey performing. That’s what brought in numbers. Smooth tactic but it’s apparent in broad daylight what occurred.

  2. Grapejuice fan February 17, 2016

    Stop giving her chances she’s done !

    • Sam February 17, 2016

      With an album like Miseducation you’re never done.
      If you can live off an album for over a decade with a few Fugee hits you’re never done

  3. Jon February 17, 2016

    This is no surprize she does similar things on tour… Showing up crazy late with no apologies and i Love lauryn but she gotta get over that diva attitude, she could take this world by storm if she was a little more humble..but idk the real story… If this is true its no surprise

  4. Jp Morgan February 17, 2016

    ^^ I’ll have to disagree w your comments. It’s a known industry fact that she is almost I’d not always late for her performances. I saw her last August at Afro punk and she was 45 min late. Grace Jones was scheduled to come on @ 8 and Ms Hill got on stage at 7:45 and has an arrival time of 7. It’s her

  5. ?Queen Molly? February 17, 2016

    Shes an idiot for missing this opportunity they will never ask her ghetto ass back.

  6. HailBeysus February 17, 2016

    In other news while fRih is busy having meltdowns! The Queen is happily having date nights. Half her stadiums are sold out and more dates are being announced! (sips tea ☕?)

    • LB February 17, 2016

      And Floptating is still dodging the charts

      • “””” February 17, 2016

        How can a single that is not available for sale chart? Gosh I swear you Navy enjoy getting dragged

      • HailBeysus February 17, 2016

        Charts???? Hahahahaha darling! Who needs a Hot100 chart when the Queen is smashing tour sales yet again with no album or new music! Meanwhile Frih is struggling with ticket sales still available on the first market even tho the haeux has an ALBUM OUT AND A #4 SINGLE LMFAOOO!!!! We see why you mad!!! Anti hasn’t even scanned Gold yet and its been almost 1 month!!! Y’all betta be happy she purchased that platinum plaque KIII!!!

      • LB February 17, 2016

        It’s available for streaming and airplay, those count towards the charts.

      • LB February 17, 2016

        Giselle needs the hot 100, she is going on 8 years without a #1 single. The Obamas are going to leave office without ever seeing Giselle hit #1

      • HailBeysus February 17, 2016

        Yawn!!! Bey doesn’t need it. That would be frih. She hasn’t gone gold nor sold out her tour? Where are her headlines in the news????? Bey could careless for the Hot100. Its just the Navy relying on it because Frihanna wi always remain a singles artist’s and its all you van cling to and “drag”.

  7. #JACKIE February 17, 2016

    Lauryn Hill is the epitome of unprofessional. She’s always showing up hours late (if she shows up at all) for her shows and appearances. Apparently she thinks she’s God or something, but honey get off your high horse. You had one classic album (I’ll admit) from 1998 and that’s it. That does not give you the right to s*** on your fans and colleagues. Tax evading ass b****. I can’t stand her.

  8. Nonya February 17, 2016

    f*ckin irresponsible biatch. Her attitude is f*ckery. I absolutely can not!

  9. janvier February 17, 2016

    Molly aka Jackie aka nonya will you just stfu already. I bet you have NEVER been to any hill’s show so how do you know the s h I t you speak of?

    • #JACKIE February 17, 2016

      B**** hop up off my d*** and stop mentioning my name you troll ass random. It is common knowledge that this b**** is habitually late and/or doesn’t show for concerts. I have no interest in seeing her live. First of all, she can barely sing anymore, secondly she has no new music and thirdly I would never waste my coins on a B**** like her. Now go sit in a corner and reflect on the lashing you just received.

      • ?Queen Molly? February 17, 2016

        Death drag sis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not these b****** pretending all of a sudden that this h** isn’t known for being LATE!

      • #JACKIE February 17, 2016

        Girl they are so obsessed with US that they’re blinded by the truth. Oops I mean obsessed with me because we’re the same person kii?

      • ?Queen Molly? February 17, 2016

        Kiiiiiii ????????

  10. janvier February 17, 2016

    poor boy molly is just a desperate çocksucker.

  11. stan February 17, 2016

    this kind of behavior is unacceptable and unprofessional, especially if your last relevant album was almost 20 years ago.

  12. ?Queen Molly? February 17, 2016

    Dont come at me because this lady is unprofessionail trash.

    • ?Queen Molly? February 17, 2016


  13. Nicki Minaj thee ONLY QB February 17, 2016

    Let’s face it she no Queen Minaj

  14. What now February 17, 2016

    Smh. Poor woman.

  15. jec2 February 18, 2016

    Lauryn’s clap back is ridiculous. She shows up hours late to every single concert. I’ve wasted too many hours of my life waiting on her, often for the show to be cut short because the venue can’t stay open late to accommodate the set. Then she yells at the audience that is annoyed with her…. She is the type of person that is NEVER wrong. This is very Nina Simone behavior, and as anyone knows, she was not mentally well. Hopefully she gets the help she needs.

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