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Kanye West barred from performing at Grammy Awards

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American Rapper, Kanye West, has been barred by the Recording Academy, from performing at the Grammy Awards, due to his “concerning online behavior.”

The artiste’s team were informed that he had been “unfortunately” removed from the lineup of performers for the show, due to his “concerning online behavior.”

West is up for five 2022 Grammy Awards.

Taking place live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount.

West’s public appearances are rarely without controversy, often negative, and there’s no reason to expect that a performance at the 2022 Grammy Awards would be any exception.

His performance on live network television would be a prohibitively risky proposition.

Based on his social media posts and activity in the past few months alone, he might use the stage to continue his online harassment of Pete Davidson, his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian’s new boyfriend.

He could attempt to lobby public sentiment for custody of his children; he could make some statement in support of accused sex offender, Marilyn Manson, or unrepentant homophobe DaBaby, both of whom he has featured at his concerts or listening events.

He could also make more misguided statements about slavery or revive his stumping for former President Trump.

Conversely, he could use the platform to do something that isn’t self-serving, self-referential or sheer trolling, like when he unexpectedly said, “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people”, during a televised Hurricane Katrina fundraiser in 2005.

Perhaps most of all, the report stated the decision was made partially because of concerns over possible interactions between West and Grammy host, Trevor Noah.

West used a slur against Noah in an Instagram post regarding comments the “Daily Show” host made regarding his split with Kardashian, resulting in a 24-hour ban from the platform.

In response, Noah wrote, “I’ll be honest with you — what I see from the situation is a woman, who wants to live her life without being harassed by an ex-boyfriend or an ex-husband or an ex-anything.”

Noah appeared to distance himself from the Grammys’ decision, tweeting, “I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.”

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