Tiffany Haddish Says She Turned Down Hosting the Grammys Pre-Show Ceremony

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Tiffany Haddish says she turned down an offer to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony, sharing that the Recording Academy expected her to take on the role without compensation, according to an interview with Variety.

The comedy star also said that her hair, makeup and wardrobe would not be covered either. “All of that would have to come out of my pocket,” she said. “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,’” she continued. “And as much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not OK.”

The Grammys Premiere Ceremony is a nearly three-hour event that takes place before the prime-time Grammys each year and is where the bulk of the night’s 83 awards will be handed out.

Haddish is up for best comedy album for Netflix’s Black Mitzvah at the Jan. 31 ceremony. In 2019, her audiobook The Last Black Unicorn was nominated for best spoken word album.

Billboard has reached out to the Recording Academy for comment. An Academy rep told Variety that hosts, presenters and performers are not traditionally compensated for their participation in the Grammys Premiere Ceremony, noting that it is a production of the not-for-profit Recording Academy, not a CBS program like the prime-time awards ceremony.

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