DaBaby’s short-lived “beef” with children’s performer JoJo Siwa almost led to a Grammys collaboration. The “Rockstar” rapper spoke with Entertainment Tonight at the awards ceremony last night, where he revealed he reached out to Siwa about possibly performing together at the event.
“We’re 1,000 percent JoJo Siwa fans,” DaBaby told the outlet’s Kevin Frazier, adding that he’s been trying to smooth things over with the Nickelodeon star after feeling the wrath of her fans last month.
“We love her. We actually reached out to see if she wanted to perform with me at the Grammys, but I heard she’s somewhere working on a project of her own,” he added.
ET reports that although DaBaby wasn’t able to share the Grammys stage with Siwa, he’s “for sure” worked to clear the air with her following a misunderstanding that stemmed from his freestyle. As reported by REVOLT, Siwa’s fans were outraged after DaBaby appeared to diss the 17-year-old on his remix of SpotEmGottem’s “Beat Box.”
On the February track, he rapped, “N***a, you a bitch/ JoJo Siwa, bitch.” In an accompanying clip, he also held up a photo of Siwa on his phone.
However, the Charlotte native later explained “JoJo” was meant as a twist on Jonathan, his real name, and the shoutout was simply a play on words. DaBaby laughed off the criticism he received, but made it clear to Siwa that he has no problem with her.
“[JoJo Siwa] my 3-year-old princess is your number 1 fan,” he tweeted at the time. “I bought her every product you have out. She think she you. Don’t let ‘em trick you into thinking I’d ever have a problem with you. My wordplay just went over their heads. All love on my end shawty, Keep shining!”
DaBaby held down four Grammy nominations last night, three of which were for his Roddy Ricch-assisted hit “Rockstar,” which he performed during the ceremony. The 29-year-old brought his mother to accompany him to the awards show.
“This is what it’s all about, man,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “I enjoy her being able to enjoy the experience more than I do myself. That’s what it’s all about. The second that I decided that I was going to start rapping… I actually have a song where I mention what I’m gonna play at the Grammys. You know what I mean? And I mention my mother at the Grammys, so it’s just dope to see it all come to fruition.”