The 2016 Grammy Awards had no shortage of all star performances and appearances by some of the biggest celebrities in the business. However, after cancelling her performance at the last minute, one of the night's biggest draws was left conspicuously absent from the show.
It was revealed early on during Sunday’s event that Rihanna was forced to cancel her scheduled performance of the evening for medical reasons. The 27-year-old artist was supposed to take the stage to sing her new hit “Kiss It Better,” which Billboard reports is helping her climb the Top 100 charts along with the entirety of her new album “Anti,” but backed out at the eleventh hour.
Not long after she was supposed to perform, the singer took to Twitter to apologize to her fans, the Grammy’s audience and the network for her inability to perform as promised at the 58th annual ceremony.
#NAVY so sorry I couldn't be there ..... Thanks Grammys and CBS for your support tonight.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 16, 2016
Luckily for both fans and those planning to see her on tour in the coming months, the problem doesn’t seem to be a long-term issue. As previously reported, the singer’s representative released a statement on the matter explaining that her doctor placed her on vocal rest after she arrived at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for rehearsal.
“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 cords,” the statement read (via Entertainment Weekly). “The antibiotics she has been on for three days did not kill the infection adequately, therefore she cannot perform safely.”
It seems that there’s no hard feelings between the “FourFiveSeconds” singer and the people behind the Grammys. The show’s official Twitter account took time out of its very busy night to send a kind note to the singer urging her to get well soon.
@rihanna Get well soon!
— The GRAMMYs (@TheGRAMMYs) February 16, 2016
According to Glamour, the artist will be hard at work promoting her new album, which thanks to a leak she posted online for free on Jan. 27. Although a performance at the Grammy awards is considered an honor in the music industry, it seems risking the integrity of her voice was simply something Rihanna couldn’t allow ahead of a slew of new live shows.