Rihanna was allegedly “screaming and hysterical” before cancelling her much buzzed about appearance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on February 15, according to a new report by TMZ.
According to an insider who spoke to the site, Rihanna was allegedly overheard having a meltdown during rehearsals for her big Grammy performance, and was thought to be “loudly expressing displeasure” before making the decision to cancel her appearance.
A source supposedly revealed to the site that Rihanna “was loud and upset” during rehearsals, which took place just hours before the Grammys took over the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which was then followed by the surprising news that Rihanna would not be attending.
TMZ is also reporting that Rihanna was so distraught that “she was too upset to stay and watch the show,” despite a source revealing to Billboard that Rihanna “killed it” while performing “Kiss It Better” at rehearsals.
Billboard first reported that Rihanna, who had been scheduled as a performer for several weeks prior to the show, would not be attending the 2016 Grammy awards just hours before the “We Found Love” singer was expected to walk the red carpet.
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The site revealed ahead of the ceremony that Rihanna was scheduled to perform “Kiss It Better” from her new album, Anti, but had been advised not to perform by her doctor for fear that she could permanently damage her vocal chords.
According to Rihanna’s rep who spoke to Billboard, Rihanna “was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal cords” if she took the chance of performing at the Grammy awards and was put on immediate vocal rest by her doctor as a result.
Rihanna’s rep also confirmed to the site that ahead of the prestigious music awards ceremony that Rihanna had been taking antibiotics for three days in the hopes that she would still be able to perform, though her medication unfortunately “did not kill the infection adequately” in time for Rihanna to hit the Grammy stage.
But despite Rihanna being a no show at the Grammys, that didn’t stop The Late Late Show host James Corden from revealing exactly what the star had planned from what could have been a show stopping performance.
Corden recalled the series of events that led up to Rihanna’s Grammy cancellation on his late night talks show following the awards, where he revealed that he was actually asked to be a part of Rihanna’s performance.
“A couple of weeks ago I got asked if I would introduce Rihanna on the show, I got a call saying Rihanna’s got this big thing planned and she’s doing a whole ’80s talk show thing,” Corden revealed, “and what she wants you to do is be like an ’80s talk show host.”
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James then revealed that the big plan was for him to “introduce Rihanna” before the performance and then she would join him again at the end “like it was its own talk show,” Corden revealed.
However, things didn’t exactly go to plan as James then revealed that he was only told Rihanna’s much-anticipated Grammy performance would not be going ahead less than two hours before the big event was set to air live across the nation.
“I get down there, do the red carpet, tell everyone I’m going to be introducing Rihanna, she’s asked me personally to be part of it, it’s amazing,” James Corden recalled, “Then I get to the end of the red carpet and they say Rihanna’s pulled out of the show. She’s been told by a doctor she’s not allowed to sing, and could really damage her voice.”
But despite pulling out of the Grammys at the last minute, Rihanna did take to social media to apologize to her fans for missing the show.
“#NAVY so sorry I couldn’t be there,” Rihanna wrote on Twitter, “Thanks Grammys and CBS for your support tonight.”
Watch James Corden re-tell his Rihanna Grammy tail on The Late Late Show below.
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