We have official word from Lauryn Hill's rep on her absence from the 2016 Grammys.
Lauryn Hill wasn't able to perform at the 2016 Grammys, but according to her team, the fact that she didn't make the ceremony shouldn't have been a news item in the first place, as the performance was always up in the air.
"In regards to the comments this morning from The Grammys, CBS did announce Ms. Hill’s performance, there were official Grammy television ads that ran for a couple of days naming Ms. Hill as a performer on the show. Her camp was unhappy about this," a rep for Hill told Billboard. "They had made it clear from the start that although Ms. Hill was going to attempt to make the show, she could not confirm, as there were too many logistical issues that could potentially prevent the performance from happening."
Apparently, the whole thing was meant to be a surprise, which meant Hill's performance shouldn't have been announced in the first place.
"This was discussed with Grammy organizers, and the TV spots were pulled," the statement continued. "As previously mentioned, Ms.Hill attempted a last minute rush to LA, to see if this could happen, but unfortunately timing that day kept it from being a reality. Ms. Hill truly appreciated the invitation, and the efforts made by all parties to try and make the performance happen.”
From what we saw from the pre-show rehearsals, it looked as if Hill would be performing with The Weeknd, which would have been pretty great. Hopefully, they have something planned in the future.