Pop star Ariana Grande releases "Thank U, Next", album in the midst of controversy with Grammys , Pop princess Ariana Grande released her long-awaited album on Friday shortly after criticizing the Grammys producer for "lying" about her decision not to perform on the most important night of music.
Shortly before releasing "Thank U, Next", Grande responded to statements offered by producer Ken Ehrilich that the artist "felt it was too late" to prepare Sunday's show.
"I've kept my mouth shut but now you're lying about me," the artist wrote on Twitter along with a screenshot of the Associated Press article with Ehrilich's statements.
"I can prepare a presentation overnight and you know Ken, it was when you stifled my creativity and personal expression that I decided not to attend," he continued. "I hope the show is exactly what you wanted it to be and more.
Grande, 26, said he "offered three different songs" before deciding to cancel it.
"It's about collaboration, about feeling supported, about art and honesty, not about politics, not about favors or playing," he said. "It's just a game ... and I'm sorry, that's not what music means to me."
Images of the popular singer appear in fences in Los Angeles promoting the Grammy, which is celebrated on Sunday at 5:00 pm local (01:00 GMT Monday).
The hit single "thank u, next" - which names the album - came out just after the cut for this year's nominations.
He received two nominations in pop categories: his album "Sweetener" aspires to become the best vocal album, while the seductive "God is a Woman" competes for a better solo performance.
"Thank U, Next" has a more personal touch of the pop princess.
Several songs refer to her very tumultuous love life last year, which led to her breakup with rapper Mac Miller, who died in September at age 26, and to end a brief but highly publicized engagement with comedian Pete Davidson.