Eye witnesses say she was "loud and upset" before her performance and bailed.
Was she battling bronchitis, or did she freak out?
While the GRAMMYs were airing live on Monday, news broke Rihanna had cancelled her performance where she planned on singing ANTi song "Kiss It Better" after doctors demanded she pull out or face irreparable damage to her vocal cords.
We weren't buying it, but how could we refute? TMZ, who originally announced she was backing out, now claim sources connected to the show and eye-witnesses at the event saw Riri have a "meltdown" before her performance.
"The singer was loudly expressing displeasure over her rehearsal. They say she was loud and upset and... bailed on the event... Sources close to RiRi tell us she was too upset to stay and watch the show."
It's worth noting Rihanna sang perfectly fine two nights before the Grammys at a Lionel Richie charity event, and unnamed sources at the GRAMMYs rehearsals tell TMZ her voice was fine then, too. Why the sudden cancellation? Some are speculating she'll use the bronchitis narrative to postpone her ANTi tour because ticket sales are less than stellar.
At this point in the ANTi era, nothing would surprise us.