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Kanye West Dropped From the Grammys

Kanye West is barred from performing at the Grammys in light of his recent behavior on social media.

The Blast first reported the news on Friday night, which was later confirmed by one of Kanye West's spokespeople.

The representative claimed that the artist's team got a phone call on Friday from the Recording Academy notifying them that West had "unfortunately" been pulled out from the line-up of artists set to perform at the show due to his "concerning online behavior."

The rapper is nominated for five Grammys this year including Album of the Year for Donda, named in honor of his late mother, as well as best rap song for Jail.

The news comes just days after West was banned from Instagram for a day, following his use of racial slurs directed at Trevor Noah, who will host the 63rd Grammy Awards next month.

On Tuesday, March 15, while doing a segment on the Daily Show, Noah, who witnessed his mother suffer domestic abuse first-hand growing up, called out West for his belligerent behavior on social media amid the ongoing drama between West, his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, and her new boyfriend, comedian Pete Davidson.

"You may not feel sorry for Kim because she's rich and famous," Trevor said. "But what she's going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave."

He continued,

"What we’re seeing is one of the most powerful, one of the richest women in the world, unable to get her ex to stop texting her, to stop chasing after her, to stop harassing her.”

Following the criticism, West took to social media, where he posted a photo of Noah's online biography. In the caption below, West rewrote the lyrics to the spiritual African American song Kumbaya, intentionally misspelling the title to turn it into a racial slur aimed at Noah.

West was then banned from Instagram for 24 hours for violating the social media platform's policies on hate speech, bullying, and harassment.

Noah responded to the post saying,

"You’re an indelible part of my life Ye. Which is why it breaks my heart to see you like this. I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain … Don’t ever forget, the biggest trick racists ever played on black people was teaching us to strip each other of our blackness whenever we disagree. Tricking us into dividing ourselves up into splinters so that we would never unite into a powerful rod."

Upon hearing the news of West being barred from performing at the Grammys, Noah sent out a tweet saying,

"I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye."

West, who suffers from bipolar disorder, has recently escalated his social media attacks on ex-wife Kim Kardashian, whom he shares four children with, and her boyfriend Pete Davidson.

Kardashian, who filed for divorce in January 2021, was declared legally single by a US court on March 2, 2022 after months of court appearances and pleas to the judge.

That same day, West released a claymation music video for his single Eazy, featuring The Game. In one of the lyrics, West threatens to beat Pete Davidson, rapping,

"God saved me from this crash just so I could beat Pete Davidson's ass."

In the music video, West is seen kidnapping a figure that closely resembles the SNL comedian and then decapitating him.

Although the artist faced harsh backlash for the disturbing and violent video, West defended it as creative expression stating,

"Art is not a proxy for any ill or harm.”

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