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On March 14th, it was confirmed that rapper and producer Kanye West will be banned from performing at this year’s Grammy awards show. This decision comes after months of controversy surrounding West and his online interactions with other celebrities, especially comedians Pete Davidson and Trevor Noah. Read on below for all the details of why Kanye is banned from performing at the 2022 Grammys.
Ongoing feud with Pete Davidson
Kanye’s ongoing feud with comedian Pete Davidson started the pattern of concerning online behavior that eventually led to him being banned from the Grammys. Davidson began dating West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian in November 2021, and Kanye has repeatedly attacked him on social media, as well as in the music video for his song “Eazy.”
West shares four children with Kardashian and has spoken out against Davidson having contact with the children multiple times. He’s also slammed Kardashian online, saying she doesn’t allow him to have contact with the children or any sort of presence in their lives. Kardashian’s divorce from West became official on March 2nd.
Racial slurs directed at Trevor Noah
West was recently banned from Instagram for 24 hours after using racial slurs toward comedian Trevor Noah, who called out West for his aggressive attitude towards Kardashian and Davidson and warned viewers to use his behavior to learn the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
News of Kanye’s ban from the Grammys came shortly after his Instagram ban. Trevor Noah criticized the Grammys for the move, saying “I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.” Noah indicated that he’s a fan of West’s music and would like for people and organizations to offer support to him instead of criticizing him. Noah will be the host and master of ceremonies for this year’s Grammy awards ceremony.
Kanye’s Grammy nominations this year
Despite being banned from performing at the Grammys, Kanye will still be allowed to attend the event and is still eligible to win an award. He has received five Grammy nominations this year, including Album of the Year and Best Rap Album for Donda, Best Melodic Rap Performance for “Hurricane,” and Best Rap Song for “Jail.”
Kanye is also listed as a producer on Lil Nas X’s album Montero, which was nominated for Album of the Year. In his long career so far, Kanye has already been nominated for 75 Grammys and won 22.
When are the Grammys?
This year’s Grammy ceremony will be held on Sunday, April 3rd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards ceremony was originally set for January 31st but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly the spread of the Omicron variant early this year.
The show will be broadcast on CBS and can also be viewed on CBS’s Paramount+ streaming service. The show features a lineup of Grammy-nominated performers including K-pop group BTS, pop singers Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo, and country duo Brothers Osbourne.