A live performance of “Hotline Bling”?Rihanna performing her new song “Kiss It Better”?
or perhaps a duet between Lauryn Hill and the Weeknd?
Maybe that would have made the Grammys less of a snooze and attracted more Black viewers but nahhh…it didn’t go down like that last night.
Lauryn, who in 1999 picked up five Grammys in a single night for her groundbreaking “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” skipped out on a return visit.
Or maybe she’d never really agreed to it at all. Hard to say.
Hill didn’t turn up, Rihanna backed out and Drake wasn’t supposed to be there in the first place.
Billboard reported that Hill was supposed to duet with the Weeknd, but then didn’t. Through her representatives, Hill issued a statement that read:
“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.”
Rapper Drake was singing a similar a tune a week ago, when he learned that his name was listed among the Grammy performers in a Grammy ad that aired during last week’s Super Bowl. He quickly responded with a tweet that insisted he would not be part of the show…
Rihanna was also a no-show at the Grammys, but she actually confirmed her performance beforehand. Ri-Ri’s doctor ordered that the singer, who just debuted a goth-inspired fashion line with Puma in New York days earlier, undertake “vocal rest for 48-hours because she was at risk of hemorrhaging her vocal chords.” Then the statement got kind of over-sharey and noted that the antibiotics she had been on hadn’t killed her infection, and then we felt slightly nauseated thinking about it and decided we didn’t need any more explanation.
Not cool. Natalie Cole was remembered during the 2016 Grammys In Memoriam segment, but the late iconic singer, who won 9 Grammys during her lifetime, wasn’t honored with a tribute of her own.
As fans were quick to point out, David Bowie, Maurice White, Glenn Frey and even Lionel Ritchie (who is still very much alive and well) were each celebrated with all-star musical tributes during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
“9 wins… 21 nominations…. we can’t get a few bars of one of her songs in tribute? #TheGrammys #NatalieCole,” one viewer tweeted. “Pathetic #GRAMMYs there should have been a tribute to #NatalieCole. NOT just a mention In Memoriam,” another added.
The “Miss You Like Crazy” singer died December 31, at age 65.
What do you think…did you watch the Grammys…would it have been better with more Black stars performing?