In what is seemingly a “disrespectful” offer from the Recording Academy, the 41-year-old comedian told Variety she had to turn down the offer to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony.
When asked by the Recording Academy to host, Haddish said she was appreciative of the offer, right until she was informed she would have to host the event without compensation including having to cover the costs of hair, makeup, and wardrobe.
“All of that would have to come out of my pocket,” she told Variety. “I don’t know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it’s disrespectful … I was like, ‘The exposure is amazing but I think I have enough. I appreciate you guys asking.'”
Tiffany Haddish has been nominated for the 2021 Grammys in the Best Comedy Album category for Netflix’s Black Mitzvah, which she said, “As much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not OK …”
Haddish received her first Grammy nomination last year for The Last Black Unicorn, which received the Spoken Word Album nod.
In response to Haddish’s claims, a spokesperson for the Recording Academy told Variety that the three-hour pre-telecast is not a CBS program, and is organized by the Academy, which is a non-profit organization. Then went on to explain that the hosts, presenters, and performers for the Premiere Ceremony have typically taken the job without pay and the same goes for this year. The spokesperson however assured Variety that Tiffany’s decision will not in any way affect future nominations.
The comedian expressed her concern: “This is something that needs to be addressed. How many other people have they done that to? It’s like a guy asking you on a date but telling you that you have to pay for it.”
The 2021 Grammys will take place on January, 31st at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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