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| Dec 10, 2020

Tiffany Haddish rejects unpaid Grammy hosting role

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American actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish (Photo: Nathan Congleton for NBC News)

American actress Tiffany Haddish says she turned down hosting the pre-show of the 2021 Grammys after the Recording Academy offered her zero compensation.

In an interview with Variety on Wednesday (December 9), the 41-year-old comedienne, who has a Grammy nod in for Best Comedy Album, said she was floored to learn that the Recording Academy wouldn’t cover her hair, make-up and wardrobe for the three-hour telecast.

“All of that would have to come out of my pocket,” she told Variety, adding, “I don’t know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it’s disrespectful.”

When contacted, a rep for the Recording Academy explained that the Grammys pre-show is not a paid event and that all hosts, presenters, and performers have traditionally performed gratis, including this year.

The rep additionally noted that the premiere ceremony is hosted by the academy, a not-for-profit organisation, and not by CBS which televises the awards.

The rep further indicated that the situation would have no impact on any future nominations for Haddish.

The 2020 pre-show of the Grammys was hosted by musician Imogen Heap.

Haddish received her second-ever Grammy nomination in November for Netflix’s “Black Mitzvah” and follows her first nod last year for spoken word for “The Last Black Unicorn.”

The 63rd Grammys will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

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