January 24, 2020 | 8:17pm Taylor Swift has canceled a planned “surprise” performance of her song “The Man” at Sunday’s Grammy Awards amid allegations of sexism swirling around the Recording Academy. Swift’s appearance on the show had been kept quiet, but insiders say she was set to appear on stage to perform her feminist anthem,…
January 24, 2020 | 8:17pm
Swift’s appearance on the show had been kept quiet, but insiders say she was set to appear on stage to perform her feminist anthem, which would have packed a powerful punch, given the claims of “rampant sexism” at the Academy from ousted CEO Deborah Dugan.
She is nominated in three categories this year, including song of the year for “Lover,” and is still expected to attend the ceremony — but won’t perform.
A music industry insider confirmed to Page Six that Swift was due to perform “The Man,” which has lyrics that include “I’m so sick of running / As fast as I can / Wondering if I’d get there quicker / If I was a man.”
The insider said of the performance, “Obviously, that would [have been] extremely pointed.
“Here’s why I think the ceremony will be troubled — a lot of the artists will feel cheapened if there are voting irregularities around Song of the Year.”
Swift’s exit was first reported by Variety, which added, “It’s unconfirmed whether her quietly bowing out is directly related to the scandal involving the allegations flying back and forth between the Academy trustees and ousted CEO Deborah Dugan.”
Swift attended the premiere of her “Miss Americana” documentary Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival. Her planned flight out of Park City immediately after the premiere had further fueled speculation that the superstar was needed back in L.A. for the Grammys, Variety added.
Swift’s rep didn’t immediately respond to Page Six for comment.