The ‘Lover’ singer is supposed to perform her feminist anthem that would have taken aim at the Recording Academy given the rampant allegations of corruption and sexual assault.
AceShowbiz –Taylor Swift was supposed to take the stage at the upcoming 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, January 26. However, it’s now announced that the “You Need to Calm Down” singer has just canceled the performance.
Taylor’s performance was unannounced because it’s supposed to be a surprise. Rumor has it, she was originally scheduled to perform her latest single “The Man” from her seventh studio album “Lover”.
With her feminist anthem, she would have taken a powerful jab at The Recording Academy as the organization is currently butting heads with their suspended female president Deborah Dugan. “I’m so sick of running, as fast as I can / Wondering if I’d get there quicker, if I was a man / And I’m so sick of them, coming at me again / ‘Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man,” her lyrics read.
The Recording Academy was hit with some serious allegations. Dugan accused the officials of fixing the nominations and covering up rape allegations against her predecessor Neil Portnow. She additionally claimed she was sexually harassed by general counsel Joel Katz.
Public Enemy‘s Chuck D also blasted the Academy, claiming that Dugan was punished for attempting to bring change to the organization. “As always, a bunch of ignorant, testosterone-fuelled, usually old white men stop progress and screw it up. Same old bulls**t,” he wrote on Instagram. “They want to keep it status quo and make sure things like Hip Hop stay the poster child of their f**kery.”
Public Enemy once boycotted the Grammys for refusing to “acknowledge a new art form called Hip Hop/Rap.”
In April this year, the group will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Academy but Chuck D said he had to “haggle” with the Academy.
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