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Lauryn Hill Performs With The Weeknd After No-Show at the GRAMMYs

by Elizabeth VanMetre 10:36 AM PST, February 21, 2016
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Lauryn Hill left many fans upset when she was a no-show at the 2016 GRAMMYs, but her surprise late show appearance Friday night did not disappoint.

Halfway through The Weeknd's performance of "In the Night" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 40-year-old R&B singer joined him on stage for a surprise appearance.

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The pair belted out the tune together as a live band played along, making for one amazing duet. Watch the epic performance in the video below.

After the show, The Weeknd expressed his appreciation for The Fugees alum, tweeting, "Most important experience of my life. Thank you Ms. Hill."

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Hill was scheduled to take the stage during the live telecast of the 58th annual GRAMMYs "but failed to show up in time for the performance," a rep for the Recording Academy told ET in a statement.

The Weeknd, 26, ended up performing "In the Night" solo. Later, Hill's team claimed the award show performance announcement was premature and "without approval."

"Ms. Hill had concerts all weekend, leaving no time to prepare and was uncertain she would even be able to make it to L.A. in time to rehearse for the event," her rep told ET. "Any performance that could have happened was never confirmed and should not have been advertised as such."

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Recording Academy President Neil Portnow explained Hill's absence further at the GRAMMYs.

"Lauryn Hill was someone that The Weeknd felt would be great to collaborate with and reached out to her and had those conversations and wanted to bring that performance forward," Portnow said backstage. "We actually had some rehearsals off-site that she did not attend, but we had dress rehearsal this morning in Staples on that stage, which she did attend."

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"When it came to actual show time, we were told that she was late -- maybe a minute, three minutes out, seven minutes out. She didn't make the performance ... that's the truth. We hate when that happens," he added. "I'm not accountable for why that happens. I know when I have to be some place some place on time, I figure out how to do that. Again, unfortunate that she didn't show up to do that. Again, great credit to The Weeknd ... but with all best intentions, sometimes things change and he killed it."

Hill wasn't the only star who failed to show up for her performance during the award show. Watch the video below to find out which A-lister bailed at the last minute.

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