The Grammys Apologizes After Tiffany Haddish Says They Asked Her To Host Pre-Show For Free

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Tiffany Haddish declined to host the Grammys pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony next year because they informed her she would not be receiving compensation.

Not only did the Recording Academy ask the Like A Boss actress to host the three-hour live streamed event for free, they told her she would be responsible for her own hair, makeup, and wardrobe expenses.

The organization has now issued an apology.

The 41-year-old star 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.”

A spokesperson for the Recording Academy emphasized with Variety the Premiere Ceremony is not a CBS program.

According to the rep, the event is instead hosted by the Academy – a non-profit organization – and past presenters have traditionally lent their appearances without pay.

Twitter weighed in with their thoughts on the controversy and also shared their findings on the internet of the organization’s compensatory practices.


Haddish added:

“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 likened her situation to being “on a date.”

“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.”

To mitigate a public relations nightmare, the Academy’s interim chief, Harvey Mason Jr., issued a statement of apology on Thursday via Instagram and blamed the cheap offer on someone from talent booking.

Said the musician:

“Without me knowing, a talent booker working for the Academy told Miss Haddish that we wouldn’t even cover her costs while she hosted this even for us. To me that was wrong.”

“I’m frustrated by that decision. It was a lapse in judgment, it was in poor taste, and it was disrespectful to the creative community — I’m part of the creative community and I know what that feels like, and it’s not right.”


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Mason Jr. added:

“Thankfully Miss Haddish was gracious enough to allow me to have a conversation with her. I apologized to her personally. I apologized to her from the Academy.”

“I expressed to her my regret and my displeasure about how this went down and how it was handled.”

“And I will say, Tiffany, we are sorry and thank you for allowing me to speak on it.”


The rep for the Recording Academy added Haddish’s decision would have no impact on her future nominations.

Haddish is currently nominated for Best Comedy Album for Netflix’s Black Mitzvah.

It is her second nomination following her first in 2019 for Best Spoken Word Album for The Last Black Unicorn.

The 63rd Grammys will take place on January 31, 2021, and will be hosted by Trevor Noah.

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1