Rihanna bows out of GRAMMY performance

By Erica Cupido

She didn’t “Stay.” Rihanna was scheduled to perform at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, but the “Work” singer had to pull out suddenly to give her vocal chords a rest. The singer, 27, was expected to debut “Kiss it Better,” from her latest album Anti. She was spotted arriving at the Staples Center ceremony, but didn't speak with media on the red carpet.

Rihanna performed at the GRAMMY's MusiCares Person of the Year event on Feb. 13, but was unable to take the stage at the big show. Photo: © Getty Images

“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 chords,” a rep for the Barbadian star revealed in a statement. “The antibiotics she has been on for three days did not kill the infection adequately, therefore she cannot perform safely.” She was on stage just days earlier at the MusiCares Person of the Year event, where she performed a tribute to Lionel Richie.

Though fans on social media shared disappointed responses to the news on social media, they’ll soon get to see more of Rihanna when she releases her new music video. She was recently in Toronto to reportedly film the clip for, “Work,” with Drake. The video for the first single off of Anti was rumoured to be shot at The Real Jerk Caribbean eatery in the city’s East end.

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