The real reason Rihanna cancelled her performance for the 58th Grammys Awards which was held on 15th of February 2016 in Los Angeles has emerged. It was reported that she couldn’t perform due to “bronchitis,” but an insider has told New York’s Page Six that the music star used that as a ploy to get out of the awards show at the 11th hour, because she feared giving a lacklustre performance.
“She felt like her performance couldn’t compare [to some of the other artists’], and she was trying to avoid the embarrassment because she knew it wasn’t the right comeback performance,”
Another source who saw the pop star’s rehearsals told us, “It was underwhelming. The performance was like a throwback to an ’80s talk show. James Corden was going to introduce her, and she was supposed to walk over, talk to him, then gyrate on the mike.”
The source continued: “People were watching like, ‘Oh, is that it?’ She was singing parts of the song live, but it had a lot of recorded vocals [in rehearsal]. We were surprised when she rehearsed the ballad [all the way through], because we thought she was going to kill it and come back with [her more upbeat single] Work. It didn’t seem like Rihanna.”
Producers then powwowed with her team. “It was an intense conversation. It didn’t seem like they were discussing a doctor’s note,” the Post was told.