Taylor Swift is a superstar in the music and entertainment industry, so it’s no surprise that she was set up to have a secret performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards. But, why would this well-seasoned singer pull from such a huge performance at one of the world’s most viewed music events?
Since her performance was never announced, it won’t mess with the flow of the show, but fans will still be disappointed to hear about her side-stepping their Grammys performance.
The music star has been nominated for three different Grammys from songs off of her newest album. Swift is up for Song of the Year for “Lover,” Best Pop Solo Performance for “You Need to Calm Down” and Best Pop Vocal Album for Lover.
Variety reported that she was definitely slated to perform for the audience of music fans and said that the secret was not a very well kept one (even if it was supposed to be a secret performance).
There are a few reasons why Swift could have backed out of her secret performance. The first one is that her mother has been battling health problems and a brain tumor. “Everyone loves their mom; everyone’s got an important mom,” she explained to Variety in an interview. “But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness.”
The other reason is that there has been a huge controversy at the 2020 Grammys. Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan just filed a charge of discrimination with the Los Angeles office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Dugan states that she was fired after she complained about sexual harassment, improper voting conduct, and conflicts of interest at the company’s highest level.
Taylor Swift could be using her newfound political voice to make a statement that she is not ok with that type of conduct.
Whatever the reason may be, her mom or the scandal, Taylor Swift has left her fans high and dry with her pull-out of a huge performance at one of the biggest nights in music.
The 62nd Grammies will be lacking without the music idol performing hits from her latest album ( and it would have been a great show of her activism to talk on issues there) but there are still many performances to look forward to as the night continues.