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Kanye West Barred From Performing at the Grammys Due to ‘Concerning Online Behavior’

Ye was recently suspended from Instagram
Kanye West
Kanye West wants an apology, but not even for him. Photo by Scott Dudelson/FilmMagic

Kanye West has been barred from performing at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony. The Blast originally reported on Friday that the Recording Academy “unfortunately” decided to pull him from the show’s lineup “due to what they deem to be concerning online behavior.” The rapper’s rep confirmed the news to SPIN.

The decision was made after Ye continually harassed his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend Pete Davidson in social media posts and music videos. He was also recently suspended on Instagram for 24 hours after using a racial slur against Trevor Noah (who also happens to be hosting the Grammys) after The Daily Show host addressed West’s ongoing feud with Davidson on his show.

Noah responded to the post with words of concern in a Daily Show segment. “You’re an indelible part of my life Ye. Which is why it breaks my heart to see you like this,” he said. “I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain.”

Ye was not on the initial list of Grammy performers that was unveiled earlier this week; however, he is nominated for five golden gramophones, including the coveted Album of the Year award for Donda.

The 64th annual Grammy Awards will broadcast live at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 3 via CBS. You can also stream the event live and on-demand on Paramount+. The event is set to take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, marking the first year the Awards will be hosted in a city outside of Los Angeles, New York, or Nashville.