LOS ANGELES, USA (UPDATED) – R&B superstar Rihanna abruptly canceled her performance at Monday’s Grammys, the music industry’s top awards.
Rihanna was spotted entering the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but the ceremony went ahead, skipping her performance.
A schedule for the telecast had stated that Rihanna, who is promoting a new album, would perform her song “Kiss It Better.”
After the Grammy Awards, comedian James Corden explained on his show, The Late Late Show With James Corden, that he was supposed to present Rihanna during the event.
“A couple of weeks ago I got asked if I would introduce Rihanna on the show. I get a call saying Rihanna’s got this big thing planned for her song ‘Kiss it Better’ and she’s doing a whole ’80s talk show thing, and what she wants you to do is be like an ’80s talk show host,” explained Corden.
After being told that Rihanna’s performance was canceled on the day of the event, Corden joked about being ready to perform in her stead: “I get to the end of the red carpet and they say Rihanna’s had to pull out of the show. She’s been told by a doctor she’s not allowed to sing, and could really damage her voice and I immediately say, ‘Yes. I hear what you’re saying. I’ll fill the spot.”
According to Billboard, Rihanna skipped her performance because she was suffering from bronchitis and her doctors put her on vocal rest. Rihanna’s rep said that she “was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal cords.”
Rihanna is scheduled to open a world tour later this month. A representative for the Barbados-born singer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In one of the most notorious incidents in recent Grammy history, Rihanna was forced to cancel her performance in 2009 after she was beaten up by her then boyfriend, rapper Chris Brown, who later pleaded guilty to a felony. – Rappler.com
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