Sunday 15 December 2019

Rihanna cancels Grammys performance at the last minute and Lauryn Hill fails to show

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Rihanna cancelled her Grammys performance at the last minute.

The Bajan star was a conspicuous absence on the red carpet at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, and although she attended the venue for two rehearsals she pulled out of the actual performance.

TMZ reports that Rihanna is suffering from bronchitis and was advised by a doctor on site not to perform as it could permanently damage her vocal cords.

"Rihanna's doctor put her on vocal rest for 48-hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords," a rep for Rihanna said in a statement read backstage.

Rihanna - Work
Rihanna - Work

"The antibiotics she has been on for 3-days did not kill the infection adequately; therefore, she cannot perform safely."

She has just released her album Anti, and was, ironically, going to sing Kiss Me Better at the ceremony.

It's not the first time the singer has pulled out of a Grammys appearance at the last minute - in 2009 she cancelled a performance following a showdown with then-boyfriend Chris Brown on the eve of music's big night.

The Kiss Kiss singer was later charged with assault after beating Rihanna during a fight following Clive Davis' annual Grammys party.

Also R&B star Lauryn Hill cancelled a surprise appearance with The Weeknd due to the ceremony's "last minute nature".

The former Fugees singer was scheduled to join the Canadian star during his set at the annual prizegiving, but failed to take the stage with him when he performed his hits Can't Feel My Face and In The Night in Los Angeles.

After The Weeknd's performance, Hill's representative explained why the singer was a no-show in a statement, which read: "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."

Other performers who took to the Grammys stage include ten-time Grammy winner Adele and rapper Kendrick Lamar, who is nominated in 11 categories.

Gwen Stefani made history at the event - the American singer produced and performed the first ever live broadcast on TV of a music video.

During a 4-minute commercial break, she shot the video to her new single Make Me Like You, and it was posted to Vevo as the song's official video.

Taylor Swift opened the show and Canadian singer songwriter The Weeknd also performed, as did Justin Bieber and rapper Diplo and electronic musician Skrillex.

Other performers included Ellie Goulding and the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton, who took part in the musical extravaganza via satellite from New York.

The Hollywood Vampires – the rock super-group comprised of Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry – made their TV debut when they performed their single Bad As I Am, along with two previously unreleased tracks from their new album.

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