Of all the stars that were confirmed to perform at the Grammy Awards, Rihanna certainly generated the most buzz. After dropping her new album, ANTI, and a new Fenty x Puma Collection during New York Fashion Week, Rihanna was set to give what would have been an epic performance—if the doctor would have allowed it.
The star attended rehearsals for the show, but had to pull out at the last minute because of bronchitis. “Rihanna’s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because of a risk of hemorrhaging,” her reps said backstage at the Grammys press room.
“Doctor came in, examined her and said look, you have to be on at least 48 hours rest,” explained Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, who spoke backstage in the press room. “You’re at risk here if you’re going to sing… So, we regret that. Of course we were all looking forward to that performance. She regrets it. She’d rather be singing than home in bed taking some medication. That’s what happens with live events.”
The singer took to Twitter to express her apologies to her fans for the unfortunate turn of events. “#NAVY so sorry I couldn’t be there ….. Thanks Grammys and CBS for your support tonight,” she wrote.
#NAVY so sorry I couldn't be there ..... Thanks Grammys and CBS for your support tonight.— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 16, 2016
While we were certainly disappointed that Rihanna couldn’t take the stage, we hope that she gets the rest she needs to recover.
—With reporting by Brandi Fowler