Think you were the last person to find out that Rihanna had canceled her Grammy performance? Well Late Late Show host James Corden, who was set to introduce the singer, walked the entire mile worth of Grammys red carpet on Monday night, excitedly telling reporters about his Rihanna collaboration, if you will, only to find out at the very end that she had pulled the plug on the performance altogether. Thankfully, though, Corden has since sated our curiosity about what could have been by sharing what he and the singer had plotted for their segment.
As Corden revealed on his talk show last night, Rihanna had hatched an ambitious plan for her Grammys performance around the premise that she appeared on a fictional 80s talk show called As It Lays within the more significant awards show. (Stay with her.) Corden would have come out and introduced her in full 80s regalia—including a flashy suit he had been fitted for on Sunday and goofy glasses. Rihanna would have performed her “Kiss It Better” hit in, we presume, a fabulous 80s ensemble. And then, as Corden describes it, Rihanna would have sat down with Cordon at a faux 80s-talk-show set to answer a few questions. Alas, Rihanna was reportedly told by a doctor that if she were to go through with the performance, she would be risking permanent vocal-cord damage. Hence the last-minute cancellation. This means that Grammy viewers—all 24.9 million of them—missed out on what would have surely been Rihanna’s incredible 80s homage. Here’s to hoping that Rihanna and Corden can recycle their carefully rehearsed bit at a later date. Until then, see Corden recount their Grammy plans here.
And for those wondering, Rihanna was not the only Grammys no-show. Deadline reports that the audience on Monday night was the lowest the CBS awards ceremony has had since 2009.