In the lead-up to the Grammy Awards, one of the most exciting rumours being spread around was that neo-soul legend Lauryn Hill was to be performing on stage with The Weeknd. It was set to be two decades since she last performed at the ceremony – right around when The Fugees’ album The Score first came out.
However, as the ceremony took place yesterday, Hill was evidently not there. While many assumed that the rumours had simply been untrue, it has now been revealed that Hill was indeed supposed to perform – she just didn’t show up on time.
A representative of the singer explained that she was “uncertain she would even be able to make it to LA in time to rehearse for the event.” Furthermore, DJBooth report that Hill did in fact attend a dress rehearsal with The Weeknd, but that she simply didn’t show up when it came time for the actual show.
“Lauryn Hill was someone that The Weeknd felt would be great to collaborate with. He reached out, had conversations, we actually had some rehearsals off site that she didn’t attend. Then we had a dress rehearsal [Sunday] that she did attend. When it came to actual showtime we were told that she was late – one minute, three minutes, seven minutes, she didn’t make it. She didn’t make the performance, didn’t get into the building on time. I know if I have to be someplace on time I make sure I figure it out, but credit to The Weekend. He’s a great artist, a new artist. He was planning something, but plans change and he killed it.”
It’s sad to say, but I’m not surprised. While I’m one of the biggest Lauryn Hill fans out there, her antics haven’t exactly been professional in recent years.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter, because The Weeknd still killed it – as did King Kendrick.