Announcing she would not be performing, Grammys organiser Ken Ehrlich said Grande could not "pull something together" last-minute for the show, triggering a robust response from the singer.
She broke her silence about the issue on social media by posting: "I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me".
The Grammys boss claims he told Ariana the song wasn't appropriate for the ceremony and he asked her to pick another, but after several conversations she decided not to perform or attend music's big night.
The pop princess's fifth album sees the star sharpen her brand of bubblegum pop with a biting personal edge.
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In her own words, Ariana says the song is about "being in love w a version of somebody you've created in your head. falling for someone that they are not".
Some fans seem to think that Break Up with your girlfriend, I'm bored is simply a continuation of that.
When Grande caught wind of Ehrlrich's comments, the powerhouse pop star took to Twitter to set the record straight on why she won't be attending. "I mean, theres not one of you in Crue who could go toe to toe with those vocals..." The pop star dropped a brand new album, Thank U, Next, on February 8, and it's one of her most personal releases yet! Even as she pursues a free-spirited fling on Bloodline, she alludes to heartbreak: "I ain't lookin' for my one true love, yeah that ship sailed away". She previously mentioned him in the "Thank U, Next" video, singing "Thought I'd end up with Sean, but it wasn't a match", and left a secret note in her "burn book" saying Sean "can still get it".
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Ehrlich said, "I saw those tweets and what she said".
Grande added that she had offered to perform three different songs, but that the process, which she wrote should be "about art and honesty", wound up feeling like a game.