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Nicki Minaj Confirms She Won't Be Performing at the GRAMMYs: 'Maybe Next Year Will Make More Sense'

by Desiree Murphy 5:17 PM PST, February 13, 2016
Playing Nicki Minaj Confirms She Won't Be Performing at the GRAMMYs: 'Maybe Next Year Will Make More Sense'

Nicki Minaj won't be performing at the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Monday.

The "Anaconda" singer was never confirmed to take the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as a performer, but a commercial referencing Minaj led some of her fans to believe she would be singing at the award ceremony.

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Minaj immediately set the record straight, taking to Instagram on Saturday to squash the rumors.

"I know I'm in the commercial but I actually won't be performing," the 33-year-old singer wrote. "I want to thank the Grammys for being super sweet & supportive & for recognizing The Pinkprint. Maybe next year will make more sense in terms of timing and I'll create a very special performance for you guys. In the mean time, enjoy the show! 💋💋💋"

Although there were rumors Minaj might be joining Luke Bryan, John Legend, Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor onstage for the special tribute to the MusicCares Person of the Year, Lionel Richie, GRAMMYs CEO Neil Portnow confirmed to ET the rapper will not be there.

ET chatted with Luke Bryan at the MusicCares gala on Saturday, and the singer also confirmed that Minaj is a no-go for the performance they have planned.

When asked if Minaj was ever part of the tribute, Bryan said, "I had heard that at some point, but I can tell you she hasn't rehearsed with us. Now if she shows up and surprises us, we'll see, but not to my knowledge."

The country crooner revealed that he'll be doing a snippet of "Penny Lover" on Monday. "Lionel's music defines a generation," he said. "In my opinion, he is the best love song writer of all-time. Nobody's ever been able to touch Lionel."

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As ET previously reported, Minaj received three nods for The Pinkprint, including Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album. The Recording Academy also has a seat reserved for her, next to Lady Gaga, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend and confirmed performer Justin Bieber.

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ET has reached out to Minaj's rep to see if she still plans on attending the show.

The GRAMMYs air Monday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.

As we patiently wait to see what the stars will wear on the red carpet, watch the video below to re-live some of the best fashion moments in GRAMMYs history.

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