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Tiffany Haddish was asked to host the Grammys for free

words by: Natasha Marsh
Dec 28, 2020


Another day, another company disrespecting the Black community.


Comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish shared in a Variety interview recently that she was asked to host next year’s Grammys pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony. Excited to accept, she had to turn it down because the Recording Academy didn’t state they would compensate her or her expenses while hosting. Haddish also told Variety that they wouldn’t cover her hair, makeup, or wardrobe for the three-hour event. “I was like, ‘The exposure is amazing but I think I have enough. I appreciate you guys asking’,” Haddish said. “And as much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not okay.”


After realizing the error, an executive from The Recording Academy apologized to Haddish. Stating he was not aware, “it was in poor taste, and a lapse of judgement.” “I apologized to her personally and I apologized to her from the academy, I expressed to her my regret and my displeasure about how this went down and about how this was handled,” Mason said. “Again, I want to say, Tiffany, we are sorry and thank you for allowing me to speak on it.”


It could be because the executive, Harvey Mason Jr. is Black, but I do believe that he didn’t know it occurred and is sorry. However, I have a problem with big time executives not knowing what goes on underneath them. We see this countless times in the fashion industry with a new racist experience being shared by POC’s almost daily. And it’s not lost on me that this wouldn’t have happened if Haddish was white.


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