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Kanye West barred from performing at Grammys due to “concerning online behaviour”

By | Published on Monday 21 March 2022


Kanye West has been barred from performing at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony due to “concerning online behaviour”. The news was originally reported by The Blast based on comments from “sources close to” West, but was later confirmed to Variety by a Grammys spokesperson.

West has repeatedly harassed ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her new boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson, on Instagram in recent weeks.

He was also banned from the social media platform for 24 hours last week for breaching its hate speech, bullying and harassment rules. The ban came after West reacted angrily to comments Trevor Noah made about his treatment of Kardashian on ‘The Daily Show’.

There was speculation that West had been specifically barred from performing at the Grammys due to the fact that Noah is also hosting the awards show.

However, a source “close to Noah” told CNN: “Trevor never asked the Grammys to ban Kanye from performing. He was not offended by Kanye’s Instagram post and Trevor responded on Instagram. The notion that Trevor or his team asked the Grammys to ban Kanye is ridiculous”.

Noah himself tweeted in response to the news: “I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye”.

Acts who will be performing at the Grammys this year include BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X. The ceremony, delayed because of COVID, will take place on 3 Apr.