What is supposed to be the biggest night in music apparently wasn’t such a big deal for these stars.
Was it a form of Black girl protest against a lack of diverse winners? (Even though Kendrick just grabbed a handful of awards), Or mere coincidence?
Let’s break it down.
Rihanna reportedly had to drop out on doctor’s orders because she allegedly got bronchitis.
TMZ reports the “ANTI” artist showed up to rehearsals and left on doctor’s orders of vocal rest.
Nicki Minaj alerted her barbs she wouldn’t be performing in a recent IG post (don’t be fooled by the ‘mercial):
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I know I'm in the commercial but I actually won't be performing. I want to thank the Grammys for being super sweet & supportive & for recognizing The Pinkprint. Maybe next year will make more sense in terms of timing and I'll create a very special performance for you guys. In the mean time, enjoy the show! 💋💋💋
But it was Lauryn’s “no show,” albeit not surprising, that caught the whole industry off guard. She reportedly rehearsed with The Weeknd and then when it was game time, she was nowhere to be found.
There was some twitter chatter inquiring as to what happened to Ms. Hill:
The Fader received a statement from Hill’s camp saying:
“The Grammys 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.”
But wait…weren’t they rehearsing?
The show must go on, even without this Black girl magic.