Rihanna is setting the record straight after an Instagram caption sparked controversy in the wake of the 2017 Grammys nominations.
One Instagram user was not satisfied with the “Work” singer’s eight Grammy nominations and alluded to Beyoncé in a post lamenting that Rihanna had been snubbed — her latest project, ANTI, was left out of the competition for album of the year and her hit track, “Work,” was not among the contenders for song of the year.
But Rihanna herself has no resentment towards Queen Bey or the Grammy committee, and she made her feelings known. “I wish y’all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture!” the 28-year-old wrote in the photo’s comment section. “We don’t need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!”
The comment came after Rihanna “liked” the Instagram photo, which showed the singer wearing a Carnival outfit and the words “SHOOK” — with her breasts creating the “OO” — leading some social media users to believe she agreed with the caption.
“F— them because they snubbed her … I think they didn’t want her tied or passing someone else *cough cough*,” the user wrote alongside the photo, including a lemon emoji — apparently alluding to Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
However, Rihanna revealed that she hadn’t given much attention to the expletive-laden caption.
“I never actually read your caption, thought the pic was funny and moved right along! I’m petty af, yes. But this is just unnecessary!”