Rihanna did not take the stage at the 2016 Grammy Awards, in spite of a high profile CBS Super Bowl promo spot that promised her awards show performance would be "worth the wait."
TMZ was first to report the news of Rihanna's last minute cancellation, writing that the 27-year-old had to pull the plug on her performance due to bronchitis. The singer's representatives quickly confirmed this report, and said Rihanna pulled out of her commitment because she "was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords." The "Work" songstress and eight-time Grammy winner also did not pose on the red carpet prior to the ceremony, presumably due to these health concerns.
According to Vanity Fair, Rihanna was set to perform "Kiss It Better" at her first televised performance since the release of her album ANTI on Jan. 28. This abrupt change of plans was a surprise to many, but comes after Rihanna's doctor put her on 48 hours of vocal rest when three days of medication could not kill her infection "adequately."
The singer, who performed at Saturday's MusiCares Foundation pre-Grammy event, is next slated to appear at the BRIT Awards in London on Feb. 24. Two days later, she is due to embark on her ANTI World Tour, which will kick off in San Diego, Calif. on Feb. 26.
Here's hoping the "We Found Love" singer gets well soon.
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