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Trevor Noah has denied asking The Recording Academy to ban Kanye West from performing at the upcoming 64th Annual Grammy Awards.
Kanye West has been suspended from performing at the upcoming Grammy Awards after using racial slurs directed towards Trevor Noah on Instagram. However, Noah issued a tweet on Sunday responding to news of the Grammy ban, stating that he “said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.”
I said counsel Kanye not cancel Kanye.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) March 20, 2022
A representative for Ye has alleged that being barred from performing at the ceremony comes from his “concerning online behavior”, considering that the rapper-producer aimed at Noah last week on Instagram, replacing the lyrics to spiritual “Kumbaya” with a racial slur as a caption. Following the post, the 44-year-old was suspended from the platform for 24 hours, flagged for hate speech, harassment and bullying.
The post came after Noah addressed Ye’s marriage to Kim Kardashian during a segment The Daily Show last Tuesday.
“You may not feel sorry for Kim because she’s rich and famous,” Noah said. “But what she’s going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave.”
Noah also related Ye’s situation with Kardashian to witnessing his mother, Patricia, being abused when he was a child.
“As a society, we have to ask ourselves questions. Do we wish to stand by and watch a car crash when we thought we saw it coming?” Noah asked on The Daily Show.
“You’re an indelible part of my life Ye. Which is why it breaks my heart to see you like this,” Noah continued. “I don’t care if you support Trump and I don’t care if you roast Pete. I do however care when I see you on a path that’s dangerously close to peril and pain.”
Trevor Noah will host the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, which airs Sunday, April 3rd a 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.