Grammy’s 2020! Tiffany Haddish, Superstar actress, Comedian and Author, reportedly turned down hosting the Pre-Grammy’s 2020 show after being told that all the costs were on her.
TMZ reported that the comedian-cum-author said she was offered the hosting gig for the Recording Academy’s 3-hour pre-telecast ahead of the main show in January 2021, but when she was told she wouldn’t get paid she turned it down.
Variety reported that on top of the lack of compensation, the pre-show for the “Music’s Biggest Night” reportedly refused to offer cover hair, makeup or wardrobe for the three-hour event.
“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, and as much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not okay.”
Haddish is nominated for her second Grammy this year for Best Comedy Album for Netflix’s Black Mitzvah. She received her first nomination last year for her album The Last Black Unicorn.
The recording academy however said that Haddish will not be penalized for rejecting their offer to host the pre-telecast show.
When contacted by Variety, a representative for the Recording Academy responded by noting that the Premiere Ceremony which Haddish was asked to host, is not a CBS program and is hosted by the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization and historically, all hosts, presenters, and performers have traditionally performed without compensation at the said event.
Haddish fired back by saying;
“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.”