rihanna addresses grammy nominations: “we don’t need to be putting black women against each other”
The singer would like everyone to chill out and look at the bigger picture.
Since Rihanna first appeared on the scene as Jay Z's star protege, there have been rumors of bad blood between her and Beyoncé. Was she coming between them? Was she after Beyoncé's crown? Was she the subject of the infamous elevator incident? Hell, was Lemonade about her?
After years of keeping silent — and following the 2017 Grammy nominations, announced on Tuesday — Rih has taken to Instagram to make a few things clear. Chiefly: that she has no beef with Beyoncé, and the ongoing obsession over a feud between them is just another way to continually pit women against each other in the music industry. The comments came after Instagram user @rihannagang_ published a post lambasting the Grammys for failing to nominate ANTI for album of the year. They suggested it was because there were concerns of her taking the award away from Beyoncé. Initially, Rihanna liked the post, sending talk of a rivalry into overdrive. But the star went on to comment on the image, "I wish y'all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture! We don't need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!"
The Bad Gal clarified that originally, she hadn't actually read @rihannagang_'s comment; she just liked the post for the image and moved on. Later she read the full statement and corrected herself. Honestly, who isn't guilty of a bit of loose liking?
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