New reports claim Rihanna might have feigned illness to get out of performing at the Grammys.

A statement from the stars management said she had bronchitis so severe it was not possible for her to take the stage.

But TMZ offered a different perspective, claiming a meltdown may have been the real cause for her absence.

The gossip site understand she was heard to be "screaming and hysterical" before making an exit from the venue.

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TMZ sources described the singer "loudly expressing displeasure over her rehearsal,"
but didn't give a definitive reason why adding only that she walked out and never returned.

While sickness was a legitimate reason to skip the event, it was also noted she sang a perfect rendition of Say You, Say Me, at Lionel Richie charity concert just two nights beforehand.

- nzherald.co.nz