If you tuned in to tonight’s Grammy Awards expecting to see Rihanna and Lauryn Hill perform, you were sorely disappointed. Both artists bailed on their performances just hours before they were scheduled to appear on stage. Rihanna’s rep said the Barbadian beauty had to cancel because of health issues.
“Based on Rihanna’s examination after Grammy rehearsal today, (her) doctor put her on vocal rest for 48 hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal cords. The antibiotics she has been on for three days did not kill the infection adequately. Therefore she cannot perform safely,” said the singer’s spokeswoman, Amanda Silverman.
As for Hill, her reps are blaming folks at The Grammys for falsely advertising her performance.
“The Grammys announced a performance by Ms. Lauryn Hill prematurely and without approval. Ms. Hill had concerts all weekend, leaving no time to prepare, and was uncertain she would even be able to make it to L.A. in time to rehearse for the event. Any performance that could have happened was never confirmed, and should not have been advertised as such. Ms. Hill was invited to do a collaboration with an artist she appreciates. The performance was intended to be a surprise and unfortunately due to its last minute nature, was unable to come to fruition.”
Kendrick Lamar, Adele, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber and others did manage to take the stage. What was your favorite performance of the night?