Grammy exec apologises to Tiffany Haddish for 'disrespectful' offer to host pre-show without pay

Tiffany Haddish has received a public apology from the president of the Recording Academy after the Girl's Trip star was asked to host a Grammy's pre-show event without any compensation. 

Haddish called the move "disrespectful" in an interview with Variety, revealing that along with hosting the three-hour-long event without pay, she would be expected to cover the cost of her own wardrobe, hair and makeup. 

"All of that would have to come out of my pocket," she told Variety. 

"I don't know if this might mean I might not get nominated ever again, but I think it's disrespectful." 

Haddish is a two-time Grammy nominee, having received her first nod in 2019 for Best Spoken Word Album and another this year for Best Comedy Album. 

The comedian and actor said she recognised that "the exposure is amazing", but felt she had enough already. 

"And as much as I appreciate the honour of being nominated, that's not okay," she said. 

"This is something that needs to be addressed. 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." 

The interview prompted a video message from Recording Academy chief Harvey Mason Jr, who said he was not aware of the way the offer was made at the time, blaming a talent booker for making the decision. 

"It's just been brought to my attention that the Recording Academy invited Tiffany Haddish to host this year's Premiere ceremony," Mason said in an Instagram video. 

"Unfortunately and without my knowing, the talent booker working for the Academy told Ms Haddish that we wouldn't even cover her costs while she hosted this event for us.

"To me that was wrong," he added. 

"I'm frustrated by that decision. It was a lapse in judgment, it was in poor taste, and it was disrespectful to the creative community - I'm part of the creative community and I know what that feels like, and it's not right." 

Mason said that he had spoken with Haddish, apologised personally and on behalf of the Academy. 

"I expressed to her my regret and my displeasure about how this went down and how it was handled. And I will say, Tiffany, we are sorry and thank you for allowing me to speak on it."