What really happened to Rihanna at the Grammy Awards 2016? The ‘Anti’ singer was previously announced as a performer but she didn’t show up.

According to Us Weekly, Rihanna had a pretty grave reason for her last minute cancellation. The singer reportedly had to drop out because of a serious case of bronchitis.

“Rihanna’s doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours,” a rep for the singer explained to Us Weekly. “[S]he 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.”

The R&B superstar was earlier scheduled to sing at the first hour of the show. According to TMZ, producers had to make a last minute change to the line-up when she cancelled.

The Barbados singer seemed very sorry about it though. She took to Twitter to apologize to her fans. She also thanked the Academy and CBS for accommodating her.


Rihanna was reportedly slated to sing her new song, “Kiss Me Better.” According to Hollywood Life, she even rehearsed the song twice. She was also supposed to enlist the help of “Late Late Show” host James Cordon in her performance, as reported by Inquisitr.

“Kiss Me Better” is one of the 13 songs off her “Anti” album. It was previously reported that her record only sold 1,000 copies in its first week. The album was expected to be released on January 29. However, a glitch caused it to be accidentally launched two days earlier. “Anti” is Riri’s eight studio album.

Rihanna is no stranger to the Grammy Awards. She has received 24 nominations in the past and she is also the female artist with the most Best Rap/Sung Collaboration wins. Her collaborations with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Eminem have gotten her four nods. She has since won a total of eight Grammys.