The Grammys boss claims he told Ariana the song wasn't appropriate for the ceremony and he asked her to pick another, but after several conversations she decided not to perform or attend music's big night.
Grande dropped her new album, Thank U, Next, on Thursday night, as well as the seductive, unsettling new music video for one of her latest songs, "Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I'm Bored".
"Before its release, Grande told fans what she had in mind while writing the emotional track: "[Ghostin' is about] feeling badly for the person you're with because you love somebody else. It wasn't a surprise release, but you'd be forgiven for not keeping up: since August, there's been a deluge of Grande news.
The album arrived amid much fanfare after Grande teased the record for weeks on her social media platforms.
The Grammys have been heavily promoting Grande's attendance ahead of the awards show - an irony that isn't lost on the singer.
Grande, 26, then said she "offered 3 different songs" before axing the performance.
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Another mom that chimed in to defend Grande was her own mother, Joan.
She concluded: "It's about art and honesty".
By the time the show begins on Sunday evening, her fifth album, Thank U, Next will no doubt be topping the charts.
On paper, it's everything I dislike about modern pop music-cloying lyrics about exes accompanied by a grating, sing-song-y refrain, all wrapped up in the "nice girl with a bad side" package that every major pop star seems to be pushing these past few years.
Some of these perceived biases have been percolating for some time but especially in the previous year following remarks last January by Recording Academy president Neil Portnow that women need to "step up" to gain more recognition at music events like Grammys.
Less than 45 seconds into my first listen, I knew the song was a bop that incorporated references to both outer space and space in relationships.