Grammy Award winner and billionaire formally known as Kanye West, now legally known as Ye, has been barred from performing at the upcoming Grammy Awards due to his concerning online behavior.
A rep for the artist confirmed to the Blast that the artist’s team received a phone call Friday night informing him he had been “unfortunately” removed from the lineup of performers for the show due to his “concerning online behavior.” The Blast report also states, “Our sources say Kanye’s team isn’t surprised by the decision.”
The Chicago native has been nominated for a total of 75 Grammy Awards and has already won 22. This year he has been nominated for 5 awards, including 2 for Album of the Year for the albums Donda and Montero.
West’s behavior history has been very concerning since he stormed the VMA stage in 2009 during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for winning the Best Female Video award. His online outbursts have become progressively alarming over the past several years and seem to exhibit the full scope of his diagnosed bipolar disorder. The former Presidential candidate has been harassing ex wife, Kim Kardashian, mother of his children North, Psalm, Chicago, and Saint, and her boyfriend Pete Davidson. He has warred with other celebrities including Billie Eilish, Trevor Noah, and D.L. Hughley.
While the Grammy Awards have not publicly commented on the issue, one could assume that the decision was made after West and Trevor Noah exchanged posts towards each other on social media.
Trevor Noah, Award-winning host of The Daily Show and comedian is hosting the 64th annual Grammy Awards. Recently The Daily Show host noted that “Kanye has become more and more belligerent in how he tries to get Kim back.” Noah went on to address some recent examples of West’s disturbing behavior, specifically about West taking aim at Pete Davidson, Kardashian’s boyfriend, and suggested that the rapper should seek professional mental help.
“What’s weird about the situation is Kanye West has told us that he struggles with his mental health, so I get it,” Noah shared. “You want to have art as therapy, but here’s what’s weird. What Kanye doesn’t understand is that what we’re seeing is … it makes you uncomfortable.”
He continued: “There’s an element of a woman saying to her ex, ‘Hey, please leave me alone.’”
Ye didn’t take too kindly to Noah’s accusations and found himself banned from Instagram after he replied to Noah’s segment and used a racial slur.
Kanye’s post violated Instagram’s policies on hate speech, harassment and bullying. As a result, his account was suspended for 24 hours, and he would not be able to post, comment, send DM’s, among other things.
This isn’t the first time Ye has found himself in hot water on social media. In 2020 West found his Twitter locked after he Tweeted a screencap of Randall Lane’s cell phone number, encouraging his fans to reach out to the Forbes editor. This was around the same time Kanye posted a video of himself peeing on one of his Grammy awards while it sat in the toilet. “Trust me… I WON’T STOP,” he captioned the video.
The first round of Grammy performers were announced on Tuesday morning: nominees BTS, Olivia Rodrigo, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Brandi Carlile, and Brothers Osborne.
West has also had issues with Billie Eilish recently. Ye attacked the whisper pop princess after she made sure one of her fans was ok when they appeared to be in medical distress at one of her shows. Inexplicably, West assumed Eilish’s care and concern for her concert-goer was a dig against his friend Travis Scott and demanded that she issue an apology to Scott or he would refuse to play at Coachella, where she is also performing. In the meantime, a petition to remove Ye from the Coachella lineup has been gaining traction with over 19,000 signatures.
The petition states:
“We have watched Kanye harass, manipulate, and hurt Kim, Pete, and others for over a year now. No one seems to want to stand up to him, and the ones that do, he puts under fire as well. Most recently, he has been threatening actual bodily harm on others. This is ridiculous that he is allowed to freely do this. Coachella (along with other brand names that are still working with him) should be ashamed of themselves and should not be giving him any more of a platform. Please sign & share!”
Let’s hope this latest incident will inspire Ye to seek out some much needed psychiatric support during this difficult time for him.
Taking place live from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 3, 2022, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.