Rihanna Cancels Grammys 2016 Performance
Rihanna canceled her 2016 Grammys performance at the last minute on Monday, Gossip Cop confirms.
The singer went to the Staples Center in Los Angeles intent on performing at the 58th annual Grammy Awards, but she ended up sidelined by illness. A rep for Rihanna tells Gossip Cop in a statement, “Based on Rihanna’s examination, after Grammy rehearsal today, Rihanna’s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords. The antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately. Therefore she cannot perform safely.”
Rihanna was expected to sing “Kiss It Better” from her new album Anti, which came out late last month. It would’ve marked the first time she sang the song live. It’s unclear if Rihanna’s vocal problems will delay her “Anti World Tour,” which is slated to begin later this month.
Many fans felt Rihanna was snubbed when the nominations for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were announced last December. The singer was expected to score nods for “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “FourFiveSeconds,” her collaboration with Kanye West and Paul McCartney. As Gossip Cop reported at the time, the trio performed the joint song at last year’s Grammy ceremony. Gossip Cop wishes the singer a speedy recovery.