Kanye West Banned From 2022 Grammys Over ‘Concerning’ Behavior

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The hits keep coming for Kanye West.

The rapper, who now goes by the name Ye, has been banned from the 64th Annual Grammy Awards due to his “concerning online behavior.”

West’s rep cited a report in the Blast posted late Friday claiming that the artist’s team received a phone call saying he had been “unfortunately” removed from the lineup of performers for the show.

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Although he was not part of the original group of performers that included Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, West’s rep confirmed to Variety that the information was correct and the hip-hop star had been added and later removed from the list of performers.

Several reports stated the decision was made to prevent any interaction between host Trevor Noah and West. The rapper previously used a racial slur against Noah in a since-deleted Instagram post that resulted in a 24-hour ban from the platform.

The Daily Show host apparently angered West, when he spoke out about the rapper’s attempts to win his estranged wife Kim Kardashian back, and described West as becoming “more and more belligerent” during a late-night segment.

However, after the Grammys made the decision to ban West, Noah insisted he’s not to blame. He tweeted: “I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.”

West has not commented publicly on the Recording Academy’s decision. He currently holds five Grammy nominations, which include Album of the Year for Donda. Over the years, he’s earned a total of 22 Grammys and 75 nominations.

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+.