Tiffany Haddish turned down an approach to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony

Tiffany Haddish turned down an approach to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony

Tiffany Haddish turned down an approach to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony

Tiffany Haddish turned down an approach to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony – because she wouldn’t be paid or even have her costs covered.

The “Girl’s Trip” actress was asked to present the three-hour event – which is where the bulk of the Recording Academy’s 83 trophies are handed out before the televised main show – but was also warned her costs for hair, make-up and wardrobe wouldn’t be covered, so she said no to the “disrespectful” offer.

Tiffany Haddish turned down an approach to host the 2021 Grammys Premiere Ceremony

She told Variety: “All of that would have to come out of my pocket.

“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 honour of being nominated, that’s not OK.”

Tiffany – who is up for Best Comedy Album for “Black Mitzvah” at the ceremony and received a nomination in 2019 for Best Spoken Word album for her audiobook “The Black Unicorn” – thinks the Recording Academy need to change their approach.

She added: “This is something that needs to be addressed. 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.”

A representative for the Recording Academy told Variety that host, presenters and performers are not traditionally compensated for participating in the Grammys Premiere Ceremony because it is a production of their not-for-profit organisation, whereas the prime-time awards ceremony is a CBS programme.

Last year, the Grammys Premiere Ceremony was hosted by Imogen Heap.

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