The 41-year-old actress made the revelation in an interview with Variety, saying she turned down the offer to host the Grammys pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony because they expected her to cover the cost of hair, makeup and wardrobe.
“All of that would have to come out of my pocket,” the comedian told Variety. “I don’t know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it’s disrespectful.”
A spokesperson for the Grammys said the Premiere Ceremony is not a CBS program, but it's hosted by the Academy, which is a not-for-profit organization, and hosts, presenters and performers have traditionally performed without pay.
Hadish's Netflix special, Black Mitzvah, is nominated for Best Comedy Album at this year's Grammys, which will air on CBS on Jan. 31.
"As much as I appreciate the honor of being nominated, that’s not OK,” the Hollywood star said.
Harvey Mason Jr., the Recording Academy interim president, apologized to the actress on Instagram.
"It's just been brought to my attention that the Recording Academy invited Tiffany Haddish to host this year's premiere ceremony," he said. "Unfortunately, and without me knowing, the talent booker working for the Academy told Ms. Haddish that we wouldn't even cover her costs while she hosted this event. To me that was wrong. I'm frustrated by that decision. It was a lapse in judgment. It was in poor taste. And it's disrespectful."
Mason added that he has also personally talked with the actress.
"I expressed my regret and displeasure about how this went down and how this was handled," he added.
"The Grammys remain corrupt," the singer tweeted. "You owe me, my fans, and the industry transparency."
The Grammys remain corrupt. You owe me, my fans and the industry transparency…
— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 25, 2020
Earlier this year, former Grammy CEO Deborah Dugan filed a lawsuit, alleging that she was sexually harassed by the general counsel to the Academy and placed on administrative leave for expressing other concerns about the Grammys.
As Blavity previously reported, the complaint also called out the Academy for “egregious conflicts of interest, improper self-dealing by board members and voting irregularities with respect to nominations for Grammy Awards, all made possible by the ‘boys’ club’ mentality and approach to governance at the Academy.”
Comedian Trevor Noah will host this year's 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
"Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for Best Pop Album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event," Noah said in a statement. "I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award."
Hadish received her first Grammy recognition in 2018 when she was nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category for The Last Black Unicorn. She is now asking for the Academy to be fair to the stars.
“This is something that needs to be addressed,” the Girls Trip star said. “How many other people have they done that to? It’s like a guy asking you on a date but telling you that you have to pay for it.”