Ariana Grande Declined Performing at Democratic National Convention Over Schedule Conflict
Ariana Grande has officially declined performing at the Democratic National Convention over a scheduling conflict.
The convention is slated for Monday, July 25 and will run until Thursday, July 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
A Grande representative confirmed the news to Billboard, and she would have reportedly been performing at the closing ceremony with a legend in soul.
Other artists who will be performing during the DNC include Lady Gaga, Lenny Kravitz and DJ Jazzy Jeff, who is confirmed to make an appearance at the Camden Rising concert on July 28 at the BB&T Pavilion. Los Lobos and Snoop Dogg additionally have performances scheduled on that same date. Their performances will be part of the line-up for a “unity party” honoring Democratic donors at the Electric Factory.
While she won’t be performing at the DNC this year, Grande is lined up to perform at the Billboard Hot 100 Fest and will be joining the likes of J. Cole, Martin Garrix, Fetty Wap and Calvin Harris for the show. The Hot 100 Fest will occur at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, N.Y. on Aug. 20-21.
Ironically enough, the infamous “donut-licking incident” reportedly lost Grande a gig performing at the White House. On Friday (July 22) website Wikileaks published thousands of emails that were hacked from the Democratic National Committee, and one email thread exposed that Grande was turned down for a performance over the scandal.
In the leaked emails it can be seen that Grande was vetted in a request to perform there late last year, which included a report that detailed the incident. White House employee Bobby Schmuck reportedly replied “Nope, sorry” in the thread discussing a possible performance by Grande at the gala.
Grande has apologized for the incident, where she “maliciously” ran her tongue over some unsupervised pastries, numerous times.