Watch Andrew Lloyd Webber admit: ‘I could have signed Rihanna before Jay Z’

'Work' singer has sold over 200 million records worldwide

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed that he could have signed Rihanna before Jay Z.

He claims he saw her singing in a hotel on the island of Barbados 12 years ago.

“I turned to my friend and said, ‘She’s very good’,” he told Good Morning Britain in a clip you can watch below. “I wondered if we brought her back, it might be like a picture you buy on holiday and then you get home and think, why did I buy that?

“I thought I might get her home and then wonder what to do with her. It’s not something I’m proud of.”

Rihanna has since sold over 200 million records sold worldwide. She has eight Grammy Awards and Forbes magazine ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity in 2012.

Meanwhile Rihanna recently 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 last 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 later backtracked and claimed 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!”