“Taylor was at Sundance [Film Festival in Utah] a few days before the Grammys for the premiere of her documentary. She was never confirmed to perform at the Grammys. She was not going to be in attendance at the Grammys because she was spending time with her family and her mother, who has a brain tumor and whose cancer has returned.”
Taylor Swift revealed her mom’s cancer returned in a sit-down with Variety.
“Everyone loves their mom, everyone’s got an important mom. But for me, she’s really the guiding force. Almost every decision I make, I talk to her about it first. So obviously it was a really big deal to ever speak about her illness,” the Grammy winner explained. “The symptoms of what a person goes through when they have a brain tumor is nothing like what we’ve ever been through with her cancer before. So it’s just been a really hard time for us as a family.”
She also discussed it on her Miss Americana documentary that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was released on Netflix Friday (Jan. 31).
Another insider said the firing of Grammys CEO Deborah Dugan was also a factor. Deborah Dugan was previously let go for allegedly
“for bringing up issues regarding unlawful gender discrimination, sexual harassment, unlawful retaliation and unequal pay.”
The Recording Academy also released a statement on Swift’s absence. It spoke on speculation that Swift’s team called to see if she would win.
“The Recording Academy is unaware of such a conversation ever taking place. It is also totally inconsistent with the interactions we’ve had with Taylor over the years.”
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