Ever since RiRi dropped her hit single, "Work," we haven't been able to stop jamming out to the catchy tune. We would have loved to have seen Rihanna perform the track onstage, and we were especially anxious to see what she would wear on the red carpet after sporting a poufy pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown to last year's show. As ET previously reported, Rihanna was actually scheduled to perform one of her songs from ANTI, but canceled last minute due to sickness.
The awards show fell less than a week after the rapper dropped his latest album, The Life of Pablo, and debuted his Yeezy Season 3 fashion collection at Madison Square Garden, so we were hoping the self-proclaimed "greatest artist of all time" would at least make an appearance. Plus, how great would his reaction have been when Swift threw him shade onstage while accepting her award for Album of the Year?
West's wife, Kim Kardashian, was also a no-show, along with the rest of her famous family. We were hoping the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner crew, Kylie Jenner, would walk the red carpet with her beau, rapper Tyga. After all, she has been sporting some seriously sexy ensembles as of late.
ET already had confirmation that the "Firework" singer wouldn't be attending the show (though she did take advantage of the pre-GRAMMY parties!), but music's biggest night just wasn't the same without her. Plus, we were secretly hoping she and her rumored boyfriend, Orlando Bloom, would make their debut as a couple on the red carpet.
The GRAMMYs were filled with beautiful tribute performances that certainly did not disappoint, especially Lady Gaga's set honoring the late David Bowie. While we know it's been an extremely tumultuous time for Dion, the only performance that could have made the night even sweeter would have been a tribute to her late husband, René Angélil, who died from a long battle with throat cancer last month.
Though it was never confirmed, the "Anaconda" singer took to social media on Saturday to squash rumors that she would be performing at this year's show after a misleading commercial aired. We were surprised to find out she wouldn't be attending at all, however. We mainly missed Minaj's reactions as cameras cut to celebs in the audience and, of course, her epic shade. Who could forget that time she publicly dissed Miley Cyrus on stage at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards?
The country crooner's girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, filmed the first-ever live music video for her latest track, "Make Me Like You," during the GRAMMYs, and while it was beyond cool (except for that fall!), we were wishing the two would finally walk their first red carpet as a couple together. Stefani did at least give her beau a shout-out in the video, dancing in front of a bar named Blake'y.
With four nominations, we were a little surprised the rapper didn't make it to the ceremony. And while just his appearance would have made us happy, a "Hotline Bling" performance would have been even better.
Yes, we're counting Queen Bey's performance as a person because, seriously, where was Sasha Fierce? The "Formation" singer came onstage to present the night's biggest honor, Record of the Year, to Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson for "Uptown Funk," but one minute of Bey just wasn't enough. Seeing as Mars and Beyoncé were already onstage, it would have been nice to see them break out in a dance-off, much like the one they pulled on the field at Levi's Stadium for their Super Bowl 50 halftime performance.