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Pop singer Taylor Swift, who won 10 Grammy Awards in the past, skipped this year's live telecast from the Staples Center because The Recording Academy wouldn't guarantee she'd win Song of the Year.

A source told Page Six: "Her team called and wanted to be assured that she would win the Grammy. And while it wasn't an explicit demand, they certainly were fishing to find out if Taylor was a winner."

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"It was understood in the conversation that if she's not winning she's not coming to the Grammys," the insider said.

Another source added: "It's widely known in the industry that [Taylor's team] called to find out if she was getting a Grammy, they wouldn't tell her, so she didn't go. It's not uncommon [for an artist] to want to know. And everyone knows Taylor loves to win, win, win."

A rep for Taylor told Page Six, "I am on the record: these statements by anonymous, unidentified 'sources' are absolutely 100 percent false and laughable. She just didn't go to the Grammy's. You guys need to calm down."

Insiders say the Academy wanted to fill inclusivity quotas after being accused of racism and exclusivity in the past.

One-hit wonder Lil Nas X, who is openly homosexual, took home two Grammy Awards for his gimmicky rap single "Old Town Road."

18-year-old mumble singer Billie Ellish, who is rumored to be bisexual, won 5 Grammy Awards, including the coveted Song of the Year.

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Taylor Swift turned heads in a red floral appliqué satin floor length gown from the Oscar de la Renta Spring 2020 collection. The dress features a strapless bodice with a single green stem motif and a dramatic train.

There was a collective gasp as the pop singer entered the room at the World premiere of the film adaptation of 'Cats' in New York City on Monday night.
 

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Taylor, 30, stars as the singing cat Bombalurina in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit Broadway musical. According to MSN.com, Taylor's original song for the Cats soundtrack is not up for an Oscar bid in 2020.
 

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences declined to nominate Taylor's song "Beautiful Ghosts", which she co-wrote with Oscar-winner Andrew Lloyd Webber. Adding insult to injury, Beyonce's lackluster song "Spirit" from the Lion King soundtrack was nominated for an Oscar, as was Pharrell Williams' track "Never Too Late".
 

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Taylor also sings a song duet "Macavity," featuring British actor Idris Elba, pictured here with his wife Sabrina Dhowre at the red carpet premiere.
 

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Taylor and her latest boyfriend Joe Alwyn displayed a little PDA as they held hands while leaving the world premiere of Cats at Alice Tully Hall on a rainy night in New York City. Taylor's fans stopped keeping track of her boyfriends after she dumped the 20th guy.
 

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Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, 38, stunned on the red carpet in this sexy black lingerie-inspired lace frock by Reem Acra. The design house Reem Acra is world renowned for its ready-to-wear bridal designs.
 

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If you were creeped out by the trailer for the star-studded movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Cats, you're not alone.

Twitter was so creeped out by the swishing tails and twitching whiskers on the human cast, that the producers were forced to respond to the backlash.

It's one thing to see people dressed up as cats onstage, but transforming humans into cats using computer-generated imagery is just unsettling.

"It would be a little less unsettling if they didn't have human hands, feet, and faces," said one YouTube viewer.

Another viewer wrote: "I imagine this is what a cat sees when overdosing on catnip."

The $100 million movie stars Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden and Judi Dench as feline-ized humans.

Producer Eric Feliner is unimpressed with the backlash on Twitter. "What does one say? The reality is that 100 million people or more saw the trailer, and, yes, there were some people that didn't like it," said Feliner. "As is the world we live in, those who didn't like it were the most vociferous."

Producer Tim Bevan had a different take on the controversy. He believes the people who hated the trailer just aren't cat people in general.

"They were probably people who didn't know 'Cats', and the fact is they were either anticipating something animated or something that was on four legs," Bevan theorized. "Among people who know 'Cats', the reaction was pretty solid."

Cats is in theaters this Christmas.

Watch the trailer below. But it might creep you out if you're not a cat person.
 

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Singer Lizzo and reality TV star Bobby Lytes turned heads in their custom outfits at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night. Lizzo wore a glittery red and silver sequined gown with matching red boa, while Bobby, who is currently between reality shows, channeled the late singer/songwriter Prince.

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It was a night to remember for drag queen Jade Jolie who was mistaken for a pop music superstar during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday night. Jade happily laughed it off when John Travolta seemingly mistook the RuPaul's Drag Race veteran for pop singer Taylor Swift

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Sen. Kamala Harris is scrambling to contain the damage after she mistakenly attended a political fundraiser held at the Beverly Hills mansion of Taylor Swift's arch enemy, music manager Scooter Braun.

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Pop singer Beyonce reportedly cried her eyes out after Kanye West rudely disrupted music legend Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards.

The troubled musician shocked everyone when he ran onstage, took the mic out of Taylor's hand and loudly proclaimed Beyonce "had one of the best videos of all time."

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Former #1 tennis ace Serena Williams, left, and pop star Taylor Swift were spotted leaving the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on Thursday. Williams, 36, and Taylor, 26, have been friends for a year. Taylor introduced Williams as a member of her clique during her 1989 Tour last year. Other members of Taylor's clique include actress Zoe Kravitz, and supermodels Cara Delevigne, Karlie Kloss and Lily Donaldson, just to name a few.

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Taylor Swift was seen heading to the gym in New York after breaking up with her latest poor choice in men. The chronically single superstar recently split from Tom Hiddleston. Remember I said in June that she would discard him in 6 months or less? At least she has her money to keep her warm at night.

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Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston in Rome

Hollywood's newest power couple Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston, 35, were surrounded by bodyguards as they enjoyed a romantic holiday in Rome, Italy. Rumor has it that Swift, 29, is paying Hiddleston big bucks to be her exclusive escort. That means he has to clear his dating schedule until she grows tired of him and discards him in 6 months or less like she did the others. I don't know how true that rumor is, but based on her addictive personality and her past history of dating emotionally unavailable men, I wouldn't doubt it.

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The 28-year-old pop singer broke down and cried in open court when the judge told her Sony's commercial interests took priority over her personal safety and welfare.

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Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez

Pop singer Taylor Swift is among the trendy celebrities who own the custom made Louis Vuitton 'Celebrating Christian Louboutin' handbag. This handbag was personally designed by Christian Louboutin himself.

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