Rihanna Up For AMA’s But Facing Lawsuit

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Rihanna behind the scenes at her music video shoot for "What Now."
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 15, 2013: Barbados-born singer, Rihanna, is the lone Caribbean singer on the AMA nomination list this year but she’s been slapped with a lawsuit from a funeral home in her native land.

Rihanna has four nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards (AMAs) that will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theater L.A. on November 24th, 2013 but now faces a Bds$202,214 from James Wilson and Company.

The company says they threw a lavish, no-expense-spared funeral in Barbados for Rihanna’s beloved grandmother Clara “Dolly” Brathwaite, complete with “tents, multimedia large screens and huge exotic floral arrangements,” according to celebrity website TMZ.

But to date Rihanna has only coughed up $72,960 – one-quarter of the bill.

The 25-year-old singer reportedly is refusing to pay the outstanding debt to the funeral directors. Her California lawyers Reed Smith last October sent them a letter stating: “As you know, we are legal counsel for Robyn Rihanna Fenty … Accordingly, no monies are due or owing to you, contractually or otherwise, and no further monies will be paid.”

Rihanna meanwhile is up for Artist Of The Year, Favorite Female Artist in the Pop/Rock and the Soul/R&B categories and Favorite Album, Soul/.R&B at the AMA’s.


Meanwhile, in the Latin category, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce and Romeo Santos are among those contending for the title of Favorite Latin Artist.

The AMAs will feature over 16 musical performances including from Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, TLC, Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Kesha, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Justin Timberlake and Pitbull, who will host the telecast.