Rihanna And Maxwell Perform On ‘Oprah’

Published: Wednesday 20th Jan 2010 by Trent

Rihanna and Maxwell took the stage on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ today. As noted earlier, Rihanna performed Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption Song’ and Maxwell performed his new song ‘Fistful of Tears’ from his ‘BLACKsummers’night’ album. Rihanna’s rendition is available right now on iTunes to help benefit the people of Haiti.

After watching Rihanna try to sing ‘Redemption Song’ for the second time actually took away from my first experience with the performance earlier today. Her voice sounded almost frail over the basic composition of the tune. Still, I must give her credit for improving from the renditions she gave in her earlier career. Maxwell, on the other hand, delivered solid vocals throughout, displaying what a real singer is supposed to sound like (especially when singing a high note). Check out his performance below:

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  1. Shawty C January 20, 2010

    Rihanna sounded pretty good to me, its just her accent

  2. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Again…you aren’t real singers are you trent and Sam?
    She was on pitch the whole time
    I had my tuner right near the frigging tv for god sake!!!
    She’s not gonna sing like eveyone else you idiots
    she has a different type of singing style!!!
    Go to a music theory class, and a voice class
    then you can say who can and cannot sing
    bastards

  3. cookie January 20, 2010

    seriously? its for a good cause people in haiti are depending on these funds. somebody steps forward to do something good and the only thing you f****** people can comment on is her vocals? i bought the song 12 times because i no my money is going to a good cause f*** rihanna’s vocals this is for haiti

  4. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Exactly at cookie
    I cosign completly

  5. Shawty C January 20, 2010

    idk why they hate on this girl so much

  6. B@tch Please January 20, 2010

    I enjoyed it. Love it

  7. sugar January 20, 2010

    maxwell is famous for what again? singing? where is the talent there? at least we know rihanna (talen***) but this dude didnt sing good too… these two never prepared themselves, sorry try again.

    Oprah is very funny inviting wyclef whatever his name is… the dude has $$ problems i wont donate through him, it has to be some reputable organisations. i felt like his tears were fake (more like he was caught and seeking sympathy whatever…) NEXT

  8. B@tch Please January 20, 2010

    I don’t remember seeing any post about helping Haiti on this site or where we can donate to help. But you do have time to hate someone that is helping the people in need its very sad.

  9. Slick January 20, 2010

    ah, Horrid…

  10. samantha January 20, 2010

    Her voice give me the chills.

  11. treysongz January 20, 2010

    The hell you on about mate, her first performance of the song was so much better than this and thats for real, she needs to take it back to how she did it back in the day and that arrangement wasn’t the business get the brothers back on playing the arrangement then we’ll talk. But I will buy this for Haiti, though it is not as good as the version on yahoo

  12. minajlewinski January 20, 2010

    seriously y’all its for haiti Sam and Trent you should know better please take the focus away from the hate in your posts and remind people that this is for Haiti, you’ll generate more hate comments than getting people out there to donate to Haiti, seriously you and this site have fallen off!

  13. Raychel January 20, 2010

    @sugar don’t be talking about my husband Maxwell
    I will cut you lol jk
    but forreal that my husbands okay lolp

  14. sugar January 20, 2010

    @ Raychel

    sorry i just dont know him and didnt know that he is married to my fellow blogger… I will support his help then. Peace. in that case im married to chris brown too lol.

    everybody: there are other ways to help not necessarily oprah or any of these two or wyclef.

    HAITI HANG IN THERE WE ARE WITH YOU ON THIS ONE, HANG IN THERE.

  15. sugar January 20, 2010

    @ raychel… i will google him then. later gotta cook.

  16. Dawon January 20, 2010

    WOW SHE SOUNDED HORRIBLE BUT CUDOS TO HER FOR DOING IT FOR HAITI!!!

  17. shelly-chelle January 20, 2010

    I was distracted by Rihanna’s poof. Maxwell put it down as usual.

  18. CoCo January 20, 2010

    Rihanna was doing alright until she hit that note. That was uncalled for. She felt what she was singing though…

    Maxwell… ah, that beautiful person. Love the song. He did great of course.

    This was all for a good cause… thanx 4 posting.

  19. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Lol okay @sugar trust me you will fall in love with him trust me 🙂

  20. MS.CLAY January 20, 2010

    *BEFORE ANY OF U STANS READ THIS I DO COMMEND HER FOR “TRYING” TO SING FOR THE HAITI RELIEF AND I DON’T THINK SHE’S DOING IT FOR PUBLICITY!

    HONESTLY, I REALLY CAN’T BELIEVE THIS WAS A SERIOUS PERFORMANCE! THIS WAS THE MOST HORRIBLE I HAVE EVER HEARD RIHANNA SING, OR FOR THAT MATTER THIS IS THE MOST HORRIBLE I HAVE EVER HEARD ANYONE SING! UGH!

    @RAYCHEL——–ARE U SERIOUS? DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE WAS ON KEY THE ENTIRE TIME! SHE WAS -NEVER- ON KEY THE ENTIRE SONG! YOU MUST BE TONE DEAF JUST LIKE RIHANNA! WOW!

    THAT PERFORMANCE WAS TRULY HORRENDOUS!! AND WHAT’S WORSE IS THAT SHE WAS SITTING DOWN THE WHOLE TIME! SHE DIDN’T MOVE A TAD BIT AND SHE STILL SOUNDED LIKE A SCREECHING HOUND DOG!! YUK!!!!!!

  21. Nicky January 20, 2010

    Black people are the most hateful people.

    Trent, Sam and the rest of you commentors area a true representation of ignorance.
    Your lack of intelligence clearly allows you to skip over the point of doing the show, the song.

    This is exactly why WHITE people hate on Blacks. Most of you make it hard for those who are intellgent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Raychel January 20, 2010

    @ms clay yes it’s a fact because I had a tuner right near the tv it was pratically new
    I’m a vocalist and I can express that she may not have done it they way others would have wished…but she was on pitch and on key
    and I’m sorry but that’s a fact

  23. RANDOM January 20, 2010

    glad to see Maxwell got his video posted upfront.

  24. newsflash haters January 20, 2010

    Rihanna sounded good on her rendition of Redemption song!! Good Job ri ri.

  25. newsflash haters January 20, 2010

    Loved that song by maxwell. Good performance by him as well.

  26. Raychel January 20, 2010

    @newsflash thank you for supporting my husband!!!
    He says thank you too lol

  27. S*** January 20, 2010

    WOW, I never seen her hit a High note B4. I thought she only had a Lower Register, That last note was really good- Almost as good as Bey & her Sisters, & Whitney’s High Notes. But unfortunately the Compliments end Their.

  28. MS.CLAY January 20, 2010

    NO MA’AM! MY DAD’S FAMILY ARE TRUE VOCALIST INCLUDING MY LITTLE BROTHER AND I HAVE BEEN IN VARIOUS CHOIRS SINCE I WAS A YOUNG GIRL AND THERE IS NO WAY IN HELL THAT THIS PERFORMANCE WAS ON KEY! THAT SO CALLED “TUNER” MUST BE OUT OF “TUNE” JUST LIKE RIHANNA! YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS ABOUT THAT! SHE WAS PITCHY THE ENTIRE TIME! USUALLY WHEN PPL ARE PITCHY THEY ARE MOVING AROUND OR DANCING OR EVEN EMOTIONAL AND SHE WAS NONE OF THESE! SHE WAS JUST PLAIN HORRIBLE! AND THAT HIGH NOTE AT THE END, OH LAWD PLEASE!!!!!!

  29. shay January 20, 2010

    I dont dislike rihanna but I didnt like this performance.I will donate to haiti through the red cross but I wont be buyin this at all.

  30. whystillinbusiness January 20, 2010

    Her talking was so fake and the only reason her label sold their soul to the devil to get her on it was for publicity. Besides teaching her how to sing a song with emotions or sing period they should’ve given her a script for her answers. I will never buy a single item from this fake non-singing girl. The audience did’nt know to clap or walk out. That was the quickest clapping I have seen for an artist. Jay Z needs to stay out of Rihanna’s business and let her fail on her own cause with him sticking his two scents in she still is not climbing like she should’ve in the beginning. Stans or crazy stans that was terrible and the dramatics, oh! my! Chrisette Michelle could’ve pulled that off in her sleep with more emotions than that pathetic performance.. I thought I was finish with this but after seeing it and hearing her talk it made me want to slap the TV! it was even worst, she could’nt adlib the song.. You call the people who can hear haters, than what are you?

  31. nikki January 20, 2010

    @nicky u should retract that statement blacks were the ones in slavery for so long so us being the most hateful i doubt it why can’t someone say hey i didn’t like it without being called a hater i don’t get it she was off key nothing wrong with someone pointing that out it was a good thing for riri to do proud of her

  32. ThatAppleJuice January 20, 2010

    And Nicky proves she’s an ignorant c*** yet again.

  33. Symone January 20, 2010

    @ Ms. Clay……..

    Don’t waste your time.These Rihanna Stans are delusional when it comes to her so called talent. I applaud her or anyone who raises money for Haitians but that still does not negate her lack of talent.

    Rihanna fans really want to make people believe that she can sing.They try to put her in the same category as a Fantasia or Jazmine Sullivan or if I’m thinking about my Grandmother’s generation,I would say Ms. Aretha Franklin which is complete nonsense to the maximum level. Rihanna is a horrid singer and believe me when I say I use the word “singer” very loosely..

  34. Destined January 20, 2010

    Maxwell was brilliant! Felt his performance all the way through, it was soulful and sincere. Show them how its done Max!!!

  35. Symone January 20, 2010

    @Whystillinthebusiness……….You are hillarious and I so agree.Honestly I have seen enough of Rihanna to know not to click on her anymore when she is “blowing” on stage.LOL.

  36. mez January 20, 2010

    Rihanna was amazing… I thank her for being there for Haiti

  37. Erica January 20, 2010

    That last note…But Rihanna, Im all for you doing you..But that was a 6/10. =]

  38. Dwaynefighter January 20, 2010

    Well, kudos to you, Trent for not bashing Rihanna as much as I expected. I thought the performance well-paced and she stayed on pitch through out. Her singing style is different, as Raychel points out, but it doesn’t mean she can’t sing.

  39. y2kmalone January 20, 2010

    why is everyone arguing over if she can sing or not I love Rihanna but she isnt one of the top singers she sounds good and she have the looks
    in today’s industry that’s what counts there are countless and i mean countless of other singers that sound way better than her but they cant sell s*** rihanna is a money maker
    you wont see Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, or any one else on magazine cover being a cover girl and making hot video. hell rihanna dont even have to dance and her vids are hot, just on her looks alone
    what b**** doing????
    pop music isnt all about who can sing it’s about the total package she dont sound the best but she is the it girl

  40. Riri is great January 20, 2010

    I think she did good, just a little pitchy but I loved it. Why do haters still turn something so positive into a negative? if you don’t like her why do you still f****** comment on everything she does. doesn’t that mean haters are more obsessed with with her then her fans because they are so quick to criticize her and throw low blows as to commenting on her vocals when we all know it was for a good cause?

  41. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Rihanna will never be able to sing as good as aretha or beyonce people
    but she still can carry a tune
    @ms clay obviously your not a true vocalist… Because she was definitly on pitch and moving around dosent Affect your pitch or sound…..
    @symone I’m not delusional….you can say Rihanna can’t sing all you want… But can you do any better???
    Hah…. I think not
    Rihanna dosent sing like everyone else
    so instead of saying that she CANT sing, maybe you should say you don’t like her style of singing….

  42. Raychel January 20, 2010

    I love my hubby Maxwell!!!

  43. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Okay she was a little pitchy, bur she held out and corrected it, I listened to it again
    my bad lol still she didn’t sound bad!

  44. newsflash haters January 20, 2010

    If you guys hate her so much why do you listen to her performances? keep it moving, and then you won’t have to hear the horrid voice you keep dissing. Geez.. Her fans will hold her down, its okay if you guys pass, because rihanna has bigger fishes than you guys to catch. Like hobnobbing with the rich and famous, while you broke asses are constanly on that grape juice trying to diss. Please.

  45. whystillinbusiness January 20, 2010

    @Raychel if that’s what you want to believe than believe it! But my belief tells me she cant sing, yes she has an accent and which a good singer with no accent could sing like they had one and work a stage (guess who) Rihanna has a accent and cant sing with or without it. I just want to say I’m sorry to the Marley clan for this hot mess of an performance.. The moving of the head and sticking out the finger was almost as funny as the screech at the end.. It was not a good performance… All they had to do was donate in her name but that was a shame and she gets worst with each showing..

  46. HELL NAW January 20, 2010

    AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO NOTICE THAT NASTY SORE ON HER LIP AGAIN..EEEEEEWWWW!!!

  47. newsflash haters January 20, 2010

    @why still in the business, I doubt the Marley Family would mind rihanna doing a rendition of a song that their father sing. They are some truly beautiful people with Good hearts, that is why they are so blessed, and I doubt they would get involved in this negative campaign to hate rihanna, one of their precious sisters from the islands. I truly believe they would support her.

  48. newsflash haters January 20, 2010

    * correction- Sang

  49. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Okay that’s your opinion girl do your thing @whystill
    as long as you don’t dogg my husband Maxwell we cool
    cause if you do it’s war lol
    I don’t play with that lol

  50. Symone January 20, 2010

    @ Rachel,you are such a silly person. Everytime I make a comment,you always come at meas if I wrote to you directly.Now I can not be pressed that my comments seem to hit you directly,that is your own personal problem…………

    Now it’s cool if you think Rihanna can sing just like it’s cool if I think she can’t sing.Know that I feel differently than you,so you really need to get over it………

  51. Symone January 20, 2010

    @ Rachel,you are such a silly person. Everytime I make a comment,you always come at me as if I wrote to you directly.Now I can not be pressed that my comments seem to hit you directly,that is your own personal problem…………

    Now it’s cool if you think Rihanna can sing just like it’s cool if I think she can’t sing.Know that I feel differently than you,so you really need to get over it………

  52. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Mmkay @symone lol
    do your thing girl
    respect your opinion
    just don’t diss my boo maxwell lol
    we coooooool
    as a cucumber!
    Wooo I crack myself up

  53. Symone January 20, 2010

    @ WhyStill In The Business…….

    I didn’t watch Rihanna because I just didn’t have the feeling to be tortured today……One thing that was funny to me on the FEW occasions that I saw her sing is the faces she makes while attempting to sing.Girlfriend try to look as if she can really blow and I laugh so hard at her,she is too through when it comes to singing.There are too many real singers who should share their gift of voice with the public.

  54. Symone January 20, 2010

    Okay Rachel…

  55. Lori January 20, 2010

    Maxwell did great but Rihanna…..well, she’s a pop star and that’s pretty much it.

    it was for a good cause so that’s all that matters. I am not buying her single but I would buy Maxwell’s if this rendition were going towards Haiti relief efforts. (I already have his CD so I don’t need to buy the song again).

  56. Its Me Again January 20, 2010

    Surely Rihanna can sing better than that… for real… 0_o

    and this song isn’t even difficult to sing!

    ANYHOW, lovely thing she is being a part of nonetheless.

  57. Truth January 20, 2010

    Rihanna did bad as usual she is just using Haiti to sell her flop of a cd. Her hair looks a mess

    The only reason she is performing Friday is cuz jay z pulled strings to get her on

  58. MS.CLAY January 20, 2010

    @RAYCHEL——-WHAT? WHEN SOMEONE IS SINGING IN A CHAIR UPRIGHT, AS DID RIHANNA, THEY SHOULD BE AT THEIR BEST VOCALLY! MOVING AROUND AND/OR DANCING DOES AFFECT PITCH, THAT’S WHY MOST SINGERS LIPSYNCH BECAUSE THEY KNOW MOVING AND DANCING WILL AFFECT THEIR VOICE IN A BAD WAY.

  59. Raychel January 20, 2010

    Okay @ms claay whatever I agree

  60. minajlewinski January 20, 2010

    At all those saying Rihanna, etc sold her soul to the devil, that means you should believe Haiti deserved this for apparently doing the same thing through witchcraft next thing you will believe is that Katrina was the same thing as there was suspected witchcraft there. Its apparently God striking back, don’t be so selective in what you believe in its hella contradictory. I myself am not believing all those reach theories, but some of yall just want to believe something to give you an excuse to hate

  61. Sundaie January 20, 2010

    Yes another nasty ass sore on her lip,however she is helping to raise money for a good cause.I know she was glad to get with oprah, thanks to her love.mr. jay-z

  62. PDK January 21, 2010

    Maxwell was brilliant!

  63. hihihihi January 21, 2010

    OMG TGRENTIA U ARE SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DUMB

    B**** SHES AN ALTO HOW THE F*** SHES SUPPOSED TO SING AMAZING HIGH NOTES THE ONYL PERSON THAT CAN DO THAT IS MARIAH
    DO U SEE BRANDY SINING HIGH NOPE BC ITS AHRD FOR ALTOS

    AND MAXWELL IS A TENOR SO OF COURSE HC AN SING HIGH BETTER BUT EH COULDNT EVEN GET AS LOW AS RIHANNA BC SHE HAS MORE LOW RANGE WHILE HE HA SHIGH

    U KNOW NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOTHING ABOUT VOCALS

    OMG HOW CAN U EVEN REVIEWS SOMETHING FOR A SITE?????

    BUT ITS ONLY A FLOP SITE WITH LESS THAN 1000K PEOPLE EACH DAY WHILE PROPHET AND TOYA HAVE OVER 20000K PEOPLE EACH DAY

    URE SITE IS FAILLINNNNNNNNNNNNG

    F*** SAMA BC U KNOW UR KNEES TO GET JOBS LIKE U DID WITH THIS ONE
    WHERE SAMA AT

  64. hihihihi January 21, 2010

    BUT YALL B**** PROBABLY THINK SHAKIRA HORSE VOICE CNA SING

    B****** AND ALL OF YALL MAMAS ARE H***

    THATS U MAD

  65. mez January 21, 2010

    Its incredible how this site has become a site for criticsm of singing abaility against Rihanna …Im shocked that the owners dont see how unfair biased and men spirited this is. There are many pop stars with weak singing ability many far worse than Rihanna but they all sell records….

    Its therefore in bad taste and unfair for you to single out Rihanna. What has she done to you????

    Are all these new critics going to now examine the singing abilities of everyone and post their opinions each and everytime… I think not

    Rihanna I remain proud of yoiu and your accomplishments

  66. blasian January 21, 2010

    WELL SHE IS NO BEYONCE. SHE SOUNDED A MESS. TO BAD THATS THE ONLY REASON OPRAH WOULD HAVE HER ON THE SHOW. LOL

  67. MushyLove_1992 January 21, 2010

    One word to describe Maxwell: Great!
    Rihanna: I’m trying to stay positive. But she is doing something for Haiti so that has to count for something right?

  68. king January 21, 2010

    @ SYMONE..Ur comments makes my day..
    I was watching this and I’m speechless. is rihanna the best oprah can do?
    the faces she makes looks like shes actually singing good.
    i’ll try to be nice, since shes tyrin to help my country. her hair looks nice.
    people seem to think that “that grape juice” is the only blog that thinks rihanna cant sing..thats not tru. I went on this blog yesterday, they were talking bout the only way they would feel symphaty for rihanna, if she went to haiti herself and provide some help. cause f****** up a song, and hearing rihanna’s voice is only gonna make the haitians feel worse.
    after reading that I was like wow. that some deep s***.
    I guess in way i should give rihanna props for hopping off matt kemp d*** for a second, to sing a song for haiti.

  69. king January 21, 2010

    blogs like ‘RHYMES WITH SNITCH’, DLISTED, CELEBITCHY, NECOLE BICTCHIE,
    FREDDY O, GOSSIP ON THIS, THE GOSSIP JACKER, MEDIA OUTRAGE. YOUNG BLACK AND FABOULOUS, THE B*****, THE FURY, THE CYNICAL,CRUNCK AND DISORDALY..hell i can go on all day
    all these blogs comments on how rihanna cant sing worth a lick.
    even necole bitchie wo always have rihanna on her blog, all she comments on how rihanna have a nice style.
    so for u stans to comment on how this blog is the only one who so call “hates” on rihanna, yall need to stop damn crying, cause its obvious the bicth cant sing..most of these blogs only comment on wat shes wearing, thats y I call rihanna a model.

  70. newsflash haters January 21, 2010

    @king and that’s newsworthy and worth mentioning that all urban blogs agree that rihanna can’t sing a lick. WHen you start saying, Oprah, Cnn, People Magazine, The Grammys, Rolling stones etc saying rihanna can’t sing, then I’ll be more apt to listen, but since the more credible sources have respect for rihanna, and blogs are considered thrashy sites by all the celebrities, who confirms most of the stuff written arent’ true, then this is no great victory. Hell even beyonce just said the things written in celebrity gossip magazines and blogs aren’t true, Even Alicia was downing blogs and the things they say about her, so why would you use blogs as your arguments against rihanna.

  71. janice January 22, 2010

    Rhianna was terrible. There are alot of good singers that need a break. Jay-Z helps her out! I am getting tired of Rhianna and Beyonce. Mary J and Jennifer are talents.

  72. Not my fault! January 22, 2010

    Rihanna cannot sing….it’s an opinion, my opinion, and perhaps that of others. If you think she can…GREAT!

    Her performance was not very good, but it’s great she wanted to do it for a good cause (at least I’m assuming she did).

  73. ohh la la la January 25, 2010

    oh blah blah blah….the girl cant sing, punto final. dont knw why of all the songs she could desecrate she chose one of the best songs in Caribbean history, i’m so disappointed!!! it was for haiti so i guess it should not be a prob. who disagrees wit me is free to do so. oh yea janice jennifer who??plz dont be referrin to ms hudson!!! oh yea and newsflash haters plz invest in some reading glasses, king never said that blogs were credible sites, she said that this one is not the only one that dismisses rihanna as a talented singer.

  74. newsflash haters January 27, 2010

    @ohh la la la, stay out of my business, because I wasn’t addressing you. So step the fu#k off.

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