Fifth Harmony Explains Nixed BBMA Performance: “Didn’t Feel Happy With How it Sounded”

Ahead of Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards ceremony, ABC and dick clark productions issued a press release confirming that Fifth Harmony would perform a special rendition of its Top 25 hit “Worth It.”

“Fifth Harmony will also take to the stage to perform a special version of their chart-climbing song Worth It,” said the announcement.

Sunday’s ceremony did not, however, feature a “special version” of “Worth It.”

Or any version of “Worth It.”

Instead of performing their hit song, the ladies of Fifth Harmony simply appeared to introduce the Nicki Minaj-David Guetta performance. Clarity for the change could not be found in an initial Tweet from the group, which seemingly ignored the fact that a performance had been confirmed and advertised.

Monday evening, the group finally offered the desired clarity.

In a Tumblr post, the five members jointly revealed that the special rendition of “Worth It” would have been an a capella version.

The group, unfortunately, did not get to rehearse the performance inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena until Sunday. Dissatisfied with how it sounded on such short notice, Fifth Harmony opted not to go through with the planned television performance.

“Because we didn’t get to do a rehearsal in the arena until the day of the show, and with the nature of the production of this song, we didn’t feel happy with how it sounded,” reads the official statement. “You know we strive for perfection so after a conversation with our team, we all decided it was best to wait for a moment to showcase Worth It at its best. It was a united decision that we all made together.”

Aware that the situation caused a stir within the “Harmonizer” fan community, Ally, Camila, Dinah, Normani and Lauren added, “We love you and your passion and hope you can understand that part of our journey is making the right decisions in tough moments.”

Fifth Harmony’s next televised performance comes during this week’s “Dancing with the Stars” finale.

Written by Brian Cantor

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