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Update: Rihanna Addresses Her Mysterious Grammys Absence

Update: Nearly an hour after her originally scheduled performance, Rihanna addressed her sudden absence from the Grammys with a Twitter post.

"#NAVY so sorry I couldn't be there ..... Thanks Grammys and CBS for your support tonight," the singer wrote.
via Twitter.

This story was originally published February 15 at 9:40 pm:

Tonight, Rihanna broke our hearts. The singer cancelled her Grammys performance just hours before she was due to go on stage.

She released her album, ANTI, last month and was scheduled to perform the track, "Kiss It Better."

broke the news saying the singer was suffering from a vocal chord injury that could result in permanent damage if she went on with the performance.

The singer's rep also gave this statement to explaining her absence:

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

A Refinery29 writer reporting from the Grammys relayed to us that Rihanna was originally scheduled to perform after Ellie Goulding and be introduced by James Corden. Sadly that didn't happen.

It appears even Rihanna's band was caught off-guard by the news. Nuno Bettencourt, who plays guitar, uploaded this picture two days before the show. "Tune in... Today was just the run through at Staples, but on Monday, I will be hitting the Grammy stage with the "non cardboard cutout" version of this girl right here. Ri-United for one night only... Epic. #Rihanna #Grammys #calledoffthebench" he captioned the photo.

I guess the cardboard cut-out is all we are going to get tonight, unfortunately. And fans are not too happy about that at all.