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Why Kanye West Isn’t Performing at the 2022 Grammys: He Was Banned

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Earlier this month, Kanye West (now “Ye”) was barred from performing at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. The decision was made by the Recording Academy, who, alongside representatives of CBS, told Variety they made the call due to the artist’s “concerning online behavior.”

While West wasn’t officially announced as a Grammy performer, he was reportedly pulled from a later lineup. According to the story first reported by the Blast (and later confirmed by one of West’s reps with Variety), West’s team was notified of the decision by a phone call; they were reportedly unsurprised.

The “concerning online behavior” appears to refer to comments made by West on social media over the last few months. West had posted images of Pete Davidson, boyfriend of West’s soon-to-be ex-wife Kim Kardashian, being kidnapped and buried.

West was also temporarily suspended from Instagram after violating the platform’s policies on harassment, bullying, and hate speech. West had responded to a Trevor Noah segment where the comedian accused West of harassing Kardashian after their divorce. In a now-deleted Instagram post, West used a racial slur pointed at Noah.

Noah will be hosting the Grammys, another reason, according to the Blast, why the Recording Academy barred West from performing; it would seem they didn’t want the two together on stage.

After the decision, however, Noah tweeted, seemingly annoyed, “I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye”—referring to an earlier response on West’s now-deleted Instagram post where Noah wrote, “it breaks my heart to see you like this.”

West, a 22-time Grammy winner, was nominated for five Grammys this year, including album of the year for Donda.

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