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Rihanna Cancels Grammys 2016 Performance Half An Hour Before Live Show

Rihanna (photosRihanna photos) is apologizing after cancelling her performance at the Grammy Awards on Monday just half an hour before the live show.

"So sorry I couldn't be there," Rihanna only said on social media. "Thanks Grammys and CBS for your support tonight."

In a statement, the singer's publicist elaborated and said the decision was made after rehearsals.

"Based on Rihanna's examination, after Grammy rehearsal today, Rihanna's doctor put her on vocal rest for 48-hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords," says the publicist.

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

But Rihanna didn't just cancel her performance, she opted not to attend the show altogether, and sent the CBS production into crisis mode without a planned number at the last minute.

'Late Late Show' host James Corden was to a role in the planned choreography near the beginning of the show. But the host didn't discover it had been cancelled after he had already walked the red carpet and remarked how excited he was to be part of the set.

"I had funny glasses, and I'd introduce Rihanna and then at the end she'd come and sit with me, like it was its own talk show," he explained.

"So today, I get all dressed up, this morning a guy came, measured me for an '80s suit. I get down there, do the red carpet, tell everyone I'm going to be introducing Rihanna, she's asked me personally to be part of it, it's amazing."

"Then I get to the end of the red carpet and they say Rihanna's pulled out of the show. She's been told by a doctor she's not allowed to sing, and could really damage her voice."

February 16, 2016 |

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