As the awards show was well underway, news broke that Ri Ri, who was scheduled to perform “Kiss It Better”, off of her new album ANTI had to cancel at the last minute for health reasons.
As reported by TMZ, the singer arrived on site at the Staples Center but did not show face during the red carpet. Instead the singer went to rehearsals and ended up leaving on doctor’s orders. It was confirmed by her rep that a doctor on site recommended she cancel due to dangers of permanently damaging her vocal cords. The singer is currently recuperating from bronchitis.
Rihanna reportedly rehearsed twice but decided to listen to her doctor, calling it a night in favor of 48 hours of vocal rest.
As for Hill, she was rumored to join The Weeknd on stage for his debut Grammy performance but his time on stage came and went dolo.
The Weeknd went on to hold his own in the spotlight, performing his hit singles “I Can’t Feel My Face” and “In The Night." A statement from her rep regarding her pulling out of the performance was issued later in the evening and read as follows:
The Grammy’s 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 LA 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.
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