Rihanna denies Beyoncé diss over Grammys snub

Singer was overlooked for Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominations

Rihanna has denied suggestions that she intended to diss Beyoncé when she liked a fan’s social media post that claimed she had been “snubbed” by the Grammys in favour of  her counterpart.

The 2017 Grammy nominations were revealed earlier this week and saw Rihanna overlooked for Album of the Year, with Beyoncé, Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber and country singer Sturgill Simpson shortlisted instead. The star’s Drake collaboration ‘Work’ was nominated for Record of the Year but not Song of the Year, with Rihanna receiving eight nods overall.

Rihanna was spotted liking a fan’s post that suggested that she wasn’t nominated for more because the judges didn’t want her “passing” Beyoncé’s feat of nine nominations this year. However, she now claims to have not read the remarks.

In a comment on the original post, Rihanna allegedly wrote: “I never actually read your caption, thought the pic was funny and moved right along! I’m petty af [as fuck], yes. But this is just unnecessary!”

“I wish y’all would drop this topic and see things from the bigger picture!” she added. “We don’t need to be putting black women against each other! We deserve to be celebrated, and the Grammy Academy agrees!” See the comment in full below.

The 2017 Grammys ceremony will be hosted by James Corden, taking place on February 12.

Country singer Sturgill Simpson has said that he would have preferred Frank Ocean to be nominated at the Grammys instead of him.

Frank Ocean’s long-awaited new album ‘Blonde’, released in August, was ineligible for nomination at the Grammys after the R&B musician failed to file the necessary paperwork for a record to be considered. He later described the institution as “dated”, arguing that it “doesn’t seem to be representing very well for people who come from where I come from, and hold down what I hold down”.

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Meanwhile, Rihanna is set to reissue all eight of her studio albums in a huge 15-vinyl box set.