When it comes to the Grammy Awards, controversy always unfolds and this year, taking front and center for one of the most talked about debates, none other than Rihanna.
On Tuesday morning, the nominations for the 2017 Grammys were announced and the pop star picked up a cool eight nominations. But somewhere along the way, folks thought 1. she was subbed, and 2. that the star threw shade at Beyonce after liking someone’s Instagram post.
In an Instagram post first shared on a Rihanna fan page called @badgalriva, the user wrote: “They snubbed Anti ad the GRAMMY’S. Yes, I’m still on that.”
Rihanna, however, couldn’t disagree more, so she commented back: “How could ya’ll say that? 8 nominations later! God is great!!!”
But wait, the singer wasn’t done blasting comments by social media users. The 28-year-old hopped over to another fan page to shut down chatter that she shaded Beyonce.
It all started when @rihannagang_ wrote on Instagram: “Congrats and all to @badgalriri and all for her 8 Grammy nods but tbh f*ck them because they snubbed her for Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Like how my n*gga!? I think they didn’t want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough* (insert lemon emoji,)”
The lemon emoji, clearly drawing reference to Beyonce. So why exactly did folks blame Ri for blasting the Queen Bey? As we know, nothing goes unnoticed, so fans quickly picked up on Rihanna liking the photo on IG. Oops.
In efforts to do a little damage control, Rihanna commented: “I never actually read your caption, thought the pic was funny and moved right along! Till I seen it pop up over and over! I’m petty af, yes. But this is just unnecessary. I wish y’all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture!”
She added, “We don’t need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!”
Beyonce, by the way, scored nine nods for her Lemonade effort. This not only makes her this year’s nominations leader, but she’s now the most nominated female artist in Grammy’s history with a total of 62.