Rihanna Rocks American Idol Finale

Published: Wednesday 23rd May 2012 by Rashad

With hopes of showing young talented hopefuls everything they should not aspire to be as performers, American Idol executives tapped ‘Where Have You Been’ bleater Rihanna to lend a live rendition of her most recent hit.

Joining a bill that also featured Jennifer Lopez, Jason Derulo, Fantasia and more, the Barbadian beauty brought ‘Been’ to its largest stage yet much to fan delight.

 How did she fare?  Find out after the jump:

Thanks to MWP!

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  1. ryan May 23, 2012

    She slayed!! and unlike chris brown she sings live and even thought she’s not the greatest dancer she tries!!

    • Elise May 23, 2012

      Stop putting chris brown in this, I think he had ENOUGH backlash from the public after the BBMA performance. Anyways Im not gonna say she slayed but she did good. Plus she should not feel out of breath at the end because she didn’t do crazy choreograph( like the boy you just talked about), so she need to work on that.

    • OP.DP May 23, 2012


    • Kingphoenix May 24, 2012

      Never thought i’d see the day when Rihanna became a better performer than Chris.

      • I&I(yardie) May 24, 2012

        Oh stop the madness!! That was like watching paint dry and you know it

  2. Nip’ May 23, 2012


    • Benron May 23, 2012

      What was a fail about it? HATING mindlessly is for losers, and 99% of the Beyhive, but regardless!

      • jill May 24, 2012

        What does the Beyhive have to do with this? Most stan bases don’t get along with others!!!! The “Navy” hates on Beyonce on other stan bases. I’m a huge fan of Beyonce, I have been since Destiny Child Days, BUT I also love Rihanna music. She slays, I gave her credit because she never lips syncs unlike some others…….

      • TheTruth May 29, 2012

        this was a horrible proformance why lie…

  3. Owen May 23, 2012

    Killed it,
    Rihanna navy.

    Haters kill yourself & stay mad at the queen. After watching that performance you are now blessed by queen rihsus.

    How do you spell Rihanna? Rhanna, rihanna? No you spell it GOD.

    • prettigurlrockD May 23, 2012


      • Owen May 24, 2012

        ummm die

  4. Benron May 23, 2012

    She did Great, what was really wrong with it? She was on-key (super-surprising, even though I love her.) Sung well, and even did her dance, I liked her runs at the end. It wasn’t FANTATSTICLY AMAZINGLY GREAT, but it was very good, we need to see taht from her more often. The girl who performed at the grammys 2012 and Japan 2012 still exist, we need Rihanna to chan!nel her

  5. Benron May 23, 2012

    She did Great, what was really wrong with it? She was on-key (super-surprising, even though I love her.) Sung well, and even did her dance, I liked her runs at the end. It wasn’t FANTATSTICLY AMAZINGLY GREAT, but it was very good, we need to see taht from her more often. The girl who performed at the grammys 2012 and Japan 2012 still exist, we need Rihanna to channel her SHE rocked all-right!

  6. dd May 23, 2012

    she was awful. No stage presence at all.
    Stiff dancing and goat vocals.

    • Owen May 23, 2012

      *throws my 5 copies of talk that talk at you & they slice to neck* #no1cur for you & your opinion

      • blkjolie May 23, 2012

        haha!! yes Ninja Owen. #SLAY

      • Owen May 24, 2012

        Haha ninja navy!

  7. moNSTERHIVE May 23, 2012

    She did okay, loved the triangles. *Goes back to watching Live at Roseland*

  8. Yeezy May 23, 2012

    Weeerrkk ms Fenty

  9. YUMADTHO May 23, 2012

    Loved the entrance! Reminded me so much of Beyonce’s VMA performance (only the beginning) she did good.

  10. Ink. May 23, 2012

    She’s just boring…

  11. Jessie May 23, 2012

    I thought she did good I mean there were so much LIGHTS and BACKGROUND EFFECt that it was sort of hard to keep looking at HER. I will say the way she was out of breath at the end I am happy she only did ONE performance. I can’t imagine how she is doing a whole tour, I mean she didn’t do CRAZY choreography. She was dancing in one spot so she should not feel tired after 3 minute song!

    • Owen May 23, 2012


      • Speechless May 23, 2012

        you’re so mad lol

      • Owen May 24, 2012

        What am I mad at idiot? Die

  12. lolax May 23, 2012

    epic fail 🙁

  13. truegirl May 23, 2012

    rihanna kill it enuff said

  14. r seven May 23, 2012

    floppppp like all her performance!!!!

    TRY AGAIN riri

  15. sunset May 23, 2012

    She did good for Rihanna standards. We need to stop comparing her to Beyonce whenever Riri hits the stage. Obviously she’s no Beyonce when it comes to performing but she has improved tremendously. It’s difficult to compare any artist to Bey when it comes to performing so the fact that Rihanna tried & she didn’t lip sync is enough for her to get my thumbs up. She could have Chris Browned the performance.

    • James May 23, 2012

      b**** bye, now were saying chris browned the performance when there were LEGENDS that lip synced their entire career!

      • YUMADTHO May 23, 2012

        Guess what b****? Those were my choice of words & you shall DEAL!!!!

      • mobwife May 24, 2012

        @James –> YOU BETTER PREACH!

        Now how many assumed names is this person going to have –> Are you @Sunset or @YUMADTHO ? LOL

        And if she had “Chris Browned” the stage she would have SLAYED obviously so have several f*cking seats in a damn corner!

    • Tasha24 May 23, 2012

      Tell me something do you want Chris & Rihanna to be together? Did you say no? Why do you keep comparing her with him? You Kids are always bringing up another artist to boost your damn fave

    • mobwife May 24, 2012


      Because they call you a S**** doesn’t mean your ARE ONE. THE CONDITION DOESN’T DEFINE THE PERSON! <– duh

      Rihanna did exactly what Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Usher did during the BBMAs and that was SING LIVE LEAD VOCALS over a backtrack while dancing! The only difference is that CHRIS BROWN & USHER RAYMOND could actual DANCE & KNOWS HOW TO WORK A STAGE!! #gtfohwtbs

  16. pat May 23, 2012

    great performance…shes learning her voice…she was very careful with making sure she executed good notes…

    • Tasha24 May 23, 2012

      Never mind the. Her body was stiff as hell

      • DenimJunkieKidd May 23, 2012

        b****, you are just a hater

  17. Izzy2011 May 23, 2012

    That ending….lord tell her to lay the blunts Down!

  18. karla May 23, 2012

    My girl ri ri was flawless. She did the damn thing.

  19. kimberly May 23, 2012

    Rihanna did not slay anything. Did she sing without the backtrach higher than her voice. That is what non singers do. Sorry my standards are too high considering the likes of all the great performers who gave their all without all this technology. She is still stiff. Not a natural and that is no hating. If you think rihanna slayed you have a problem.

    • DenimJunkieKidd May 23, 2012

      ho you are a hating ass troll, i understand you don’t like rihanna……but give credit where it’s due, or don’t comment. it’s very simple

      • Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012

        last i checked people are free to their opinions..and grape juice didnt write “Post for Rihanna Stans Only” so u need to have a seat…but yet ur mad though cause kimberly doesnt agree…have a seat and shut up

    • WHUT May 23, 2012

      HAHAHAHAHAHA your EYES are POPPING the F*** out further than an ACME CARTOON CHARACTER!!!!!!!

      YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!! I need this HEART ATTACK bum!!!!!!!!

      I NEED you VOMIT OUT THAT LUNG straight into THE COMMENT SECTION!!!!!!!!!

      I NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I NEED IT NOWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • ENOUGH ONIKA May 23, 2012

      LOL! D*mn Kim. Anyway, you got some points. She did use a backtrack and it IS American Idol (i.e. vocal talent show) but the girl is improving. She’s now moving with rhythm on stage and attempting to kill it vocally, that’s a major leap from a month ago… :/

  20. RazB32 May 23, 2012

    A little dry, and the cameramen were on something, they kept showing the crowd or zooming out when she was about to breakdown, they let her seriously down. She slayed at SNL and was vocally better here.. f*** the cameramen.

  21. truegirl May 23, 2012

    sorry beyonce stans your girl stuck at home breast feeding while riri taking over lol

    • ohreally May 23, 2012

      Don’t be delusional Beyonce is preparing for her sold out performances this weekend. What exactly is she taking over again?

    • Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012

      what is rihanna taking over? not a damn thing..try again

  22. Suicide Blonde May 23, 2012

    This was a good performance, here we go again in 1,2,3……Let’s present the haters….she sounds horrible, she can’t dance, go back to watch Beyonce live at Roseland………………….

  23. Benron May 23, 2012

    If this wasn’t improvement I don’t know what it is, her dancing could of been better but she sang good!

  24. Izzy2011 May 23, 2012

    Honestly she has REALLY IMPROVED VOCALLY, STAGE PRESENT & DANCE. Not a Stan but I can acknowledge her efforts and improvements. Kudos Ri

  25. Benron May 23, 2012

    Ya’ll would say she sounded awful and danced awful if Beyonce was her stunt double, while Lyp-syncing to WHITNEY HOUSTOUN!

  26. TeamBreezy May 23, 2012

    Good Performance

  27. StTrendz May 23, 2012

    Of course GrapeJuice was going to be one of the first sites to post RIHANNA’s performance..lol Its funny to me because whoever is behind this blog, sits and watch Rihanna EVERY move!!!! BRAVO!! Glad you are on your job! Rihanna definitely did her thang!!!! This site is so hateful. Get a life!!

  28. Tasha24 May 23, 2012

    NOOOOOO Rihanna was out of breath lol She flop just like Battleship

    • oui oui May 24, 2012

      you mean like 4lop?

  29. Belladonna May 23, 2012


  30. Bey Fan May 23, 2012

    I HATE fake dreads….. omg they are the worse. Cmon Riri…

    Anyway…vocally she was a mess, but her stage presence has done a complete 180 with the TTT era…. I thought she did good (not the singing, but the overall performance)

    But damn that hair….. I was just talking mad s*** about some dude rocking fake dreads, and here comes Rihanna with this ponytail full of dreads and chinese bang.

    • WHUT May 23, 2012

      YES I’m SURE you were JUSTTTTTTTT JUSTTTTTTT JUSTTTTTT talking about fake dreads!!



  31. Teacher May 23, 2012

    She sounded good minus the very end BUT I’m not here for the camera angles or her dancing…her dancing was better on SNL imo!!!!!!

    • moNSTERHIVE May 23, 2012

      Now that’s an honest stan.

      • LAX May 23, 2012


    • DenimJunkieKidd May 23, 2012

      i agree, she could have put a little more in the dancing

    • WHUT May 23, 2012

      NOPE. The camera angle was just zoomed WAYYYY out tonight. She ATE and ha vocals were more ON POINT tonight. OHHHHHHHH LIFE WAS GIVEN INDEED!!!!

      • Teacher May 23, 2012

        Yeah the camera angles were UGH!!

  32. juanito2628 May 23, 2012

    Her SNL performance was better (choreography wise) while the AI performance was better (vocal wise).

  33. Tasha24 May 23, 2012

    Look at all these new names commenting. Could that because it’s only one person trying to boost up Rihanna by saying she did good.

  34. Chloe May 23, 2012

    Surprisingly good performance. She tried, I hope she continues on this path. She needs to improve cardiovascular fitness and lung capacity (I.e quit smoking – Only naturals can smoke and sing). She can be amazing with a bit more time to rehearse, you can see she worked on this, especially the vocals; she’s not exactly a natural at anything she was doing but A for effort. I’m glad she didn’t try and sing when she ran out of breathe because it would have sounded bad. She was 200% better than Katy Perry’s “singing/performance” earlier in the season.

  35. WHUT May 23, 2012

    OHHHHHHHH What’s THIS????? A comment section full of STEAMING DEFLECTING Fossil-yonce stans??? Well this can only mean WONDROUS things!!!!!

    *Clicks play*

    • Teacher May 23, 2012


  36. LAX May 23, 2012

    W.T.F IS ON HER HEAD OMG!!!!!!! W.T.F

  37. WHUT May 23, 2012






    I can NOW see why these FILTHY MAGGOTS are SCURRYING to DEFLECT!!!!


    • Teacher May 23, 2012

      LOL didn’t she tho! I sed GET IT B****!!! Her vocals were good!!

      • WHUT May 23, 2012

        YESSSSS!! I LIVED a THOUSAND LIVES when she dragged the “ALLLLLLLLLLLL”. OHHHHH this was what I NEEDED!!!

  38. Jer May 23, 2012

    It was near flawless but day ending gorrrllllll quit smokin dat weed u so out of breaff. Otherwise i was again impressed with RIhannas live turnout

  39. Gilberto May 23, 2012

    She started good, but her dance was floppy and stiff. She lip-synched the high notes and sounded bad in the end of the song. Anyway, I find this performance boring. Sorry! Her performance on SNL was waaaaaaaaaay better than this. It was okay, but it wasn’t so interesting and appealing. Oh, I forgot. She ripped-off Destiny’s Child’s Bootylicious performance on BET Awards, that triangle was used on DC’s performance.

    • WHUT May 23, 2012

      PURE DEATHHHH @ a Fossil-yonce stan talmbout somebody RIPPING OFFFF!!!!!!!!!

      DID THIS B****????!!!!!!!!!



      I F******.CANNOT.BREATHEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

      That statement should be AUTOMATIC grounds for GUILLOTINE HEAD REMOVALLLL!!!!!!!!


      • Gilberto May 23, 2012

        You can’t breathe? I know it’s hard for you to write and breathe at the same time. Your brain can’t handle too much information. Yeah! She ripped-off Destiny’s Child performance. DEAL. Go watch this wacky performance, she was out of breathe, stiff moves, lip-synched the high notes. It isn’t my problem that you stan for a basic b****.

    • WHUT May 23, 2012

      NOOOOOOOOOO BUM!!!!!!!!


      The brain of the ENTIRE GALAXY REFUSES to bare witness!!!!! FURTHERMORE even ATTEMPT to PROCESS a stan of the MOST NOTORIOUS CRIMINAL ENTITY known TO MAN / WOMAN / BEAST DARING to BARK the words



      HOW DARE YOUUUUUU *Tyra voice* AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

    • Stephen May 24, 2012

      “High Notes” are NOT all that singing entails

    • Owen May 24, 2012

      She didn’t lip sync anything you dumbass. Die

  40. ENOUGH ONIKA May 23, 2012

    I enjoyed this performance, she really put in work with this one. BUT she was completely out of breathe during the end and I actually felt kinda bad for her. She needs to stop puffing that stuff. Other than that, she was very entertaining.

  41. PrettigurlrockD May 23, 2012

    Hahaha. Sorry navy. She’s always gonna give u subpar pedormances. She’s a hit or miss. That’s what happens when you Stan for someone with weak talent.

  42. White girl mob May 23, 2012

    This Proformance was wack she was Stiff at times and out of breath. Rihanna your just a hot mess you a PATHICE human being to me. Your movie flop like a fish out of water
    You can’t dance worth a s*** you dress like a f****** d*** sucking s*** smh. You was just f****** boring. We need some real proformers on that stage ugh let’s see kreayshawn yeah that’s more like it.

    • ENOUGH ONIKA May 24, 2012

      Kreay-f**kin-shawn?? Really? That’s yours definition of talent? I’m no stan for Rihanna but you definitely chose from bottom on the talent pole on that one lol!!

  43. PrettigurlrockD May 23, 2012

    Why you pressed @WHUT??

    scared because beyonce actually is better compared to that “thing” you call talent and Stan for?

    *grabs popcorn and watches crazy in love the beyonce experience live*

    • WHUT May 23, 2012

      What would give your 10 sec delayed mind of LOSE the impression that I’m pressed maggot??? Do you somehow believe that an established slobbering bum b**** r***** i.e YOU has the CAPABILITY to EVEN SO MUCH as nudge me with emotionally???


      POOR YOU and interesting btw corky, if you were so SECURE in your bleatings you wouldn’t have to continually repeat the ur weakness over and over and over NOT TRUE??? But WAITTTTT wouldn’t that be the stark symptoms of the one who is in FACT PRESSEDDDDDDDDDDDD?????


      • prettigurlrockD May 23, 2012

        oh I don’t know ummmm the fact that beyonce is 10x better and your weakminded self can’t accept it by replying to every single opinion? And you calling me out of my name for no apparent reason?? HAHAH. I digress..

    • WHUT May 24, 2012

      I replied and CLOWNED about 3 or 4 of the perpetually PRESSED Fossil-yonce assclowns…INCLUDING YOU!! KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!

      and mind you that is out of the more than 10 of you H.I.V bums in this comment section. NOT TO MENTION some of you lemmings who draft up MULTIPLE accounts AND FURTHERMORE now with the like and dislike buttons MASH your obese pressed loser bum hooves to the dislike button against ANYONE who utters PRAISE to this here performance! KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!!!!!

      YETTTTTTTTTT you draft up the notion that by my choosing to CLOWN only a FEW pressed BeyH.I.V b****** INCLUDING YOU, and in your nonmotherfucking factor case ONLY AFTER you practically begged for the BACK of my hand to your SNOUT!! I am somehow… PRESSED??????


  44. BitchIcantevenspellwelfare May 23, 2012

    I enjoyed this performance! Werk Rihanna!

  45. hesings May 23, 2012

    it was good till the second verse

    • Gilberto May 23, 2012

      It was good till Rihanna started to sing.

  46. 0523 May 23, 2012

    Come on thatgrapejuice. you just refuse to like her. I’m not a fan, but she’s not that bad.

  47. Popeater May 23, 2012

    you guys just refuse to like her. this is getting ridiculous.

  48. BLACK MADONNA May 23, 2012


  49. lyric commander lee May 23, 2012

    …um it was ..cute i guess – her grammy performance of WFL was the best live performance i have ever seen of her – this was nothing special

    • BitchIcantevenspellwelfare May 23, 2012

      Yes! Her Grammy performance of WFL is DEFINITELY her best.

  50. UnMutedOne May 23, 2012

    Another terrible performance, courtesy of Notalentanna.

  51. Not Impressed May 23, 2012

    Horribly off key singing – check.
    Stiff movements to basic choreography – check
    Poor stage presence – check

    Rihanna is nothing but a studio singer and has no business on stage, period. All she does is embarrass herself when it comes time to do anything involving raw talent, because she has none.

  52. ~aMaZiNG.Lee~ May 23, 2012

    @Whut where are your updated stats on Battleship?

    • ohreally May 23, 2012


      DEAD Flat line__________ You sunk my battleship!

    • WHUT May 24, 2012

      Seeing as you JUST made a left down ”Whut Owns Your Mind Avenue’ and a then FURTHER right down Rihanna Clitoral Drive’ to get here, I WOULD THINK you’d know all things Battleship as you SCRATCH and CLAW for my attention.

      WAYMENTTTTTTTT tho!!! Is this is the part where I’m supposed to be FUMING???? AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

      FIrst off NOTICE how you SUCCESSFULLY proved my point about DEFLECTION btw!!! As NOT a word you have mentioned about the TOPIC of discussion I.E Rihanna’s performance of PURE UNBRIDLED WINNING!!!!!

      BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!

      You wanna talk movies???? REALLY??? A member of the H.I.V wanna talk MOVIES?????

      With Fighting Temptations opening at a calm 2000 theaters and making 32 mil WW with a 30m budget???

      With Cadillac Records 8m WW with 12 m Budget???

      With Fossil-yonce being the Established WORST SINGER TURNED “ACTRESS” with the bum acting about what what she does for a living in NEAR EVERY SINGLE ROLE and still managing SUCK ALL KINDS OF Nicki MInaj SIZED ASSSSSSS???????!!!!!!!!





      • ohreally May 24, 2012

        Dead @ WHUT deflecting the topic of the sunken battleship…and instead attacks Beyonce’s movies when the categories of those two movies were not action packed so they are not expected to do extremely well. How can she be the worst when she has more “winning movies.” The HIVE can talk #1 movies, and albums can the navy do the same? We know you are mad and fuming that battleship flopped harder than Rated R especially with all that promo.

        A question was asked and your answer clearly shows you are mad and pressed lol.

  53. ohreally May 23, 2012

    I am so DEAD at the navy saying she slayed something or belted anything more like belched that note! She did better than normal and good for Rihanna’s standards.

  54. Vandrea May 23, 2012

    I’m tired of hearing the word “improving” as a defense or excuse for Rihanna’s illegitimacy as a performer and overall mediocrity. This b**** ain’t on her first or second album. She’s 6 albums deep, her probationary period is over. What you see is what you get.

    If she can’t sing by now, then she will never be able to.
    If she can’t dance by now, then she will never be able to.
    If she can’t command a stage by now, then she will never be able to.

    She’s had close to a decade to significantly “improve” to the point of being SEASONED, but she hasn’t, so…

    • ENOUGH ONIKA May 24, 2012

      Hahahahaha! you better f*ckin preach!

    • Gaaglooo! May 24, 2012

      LMFAO!!!! THIIIIIIS!!!!!

  55. ANTHONY May 23, 2012

    She still need to learn how to work the stage, you can tell her performance is so rehearse & choreograph..

  56. ANTHONY May 23, 2012

    & yes i know every entertainer performance is choreograph, but when beyonce, lady gaga & usher perform, they work the stage & they look comfortable performing.

  57. COOKIE – DIVAS- RIHANNA, TONI. B. May 24, 2012

    Rihanna did extremely well!

  58. Geees May 24, 2012

    Um y’all have been saying she’s been improving since the Grammys …what’s the next level after improvement ? Other than that …. No comment

  59. Marcus May 24, 2012

    Not a performer

  60. CAREERENDER May 24, 2012

    Is it me or WHUT is slowly becoming that ever-pressed troll LAX?

    I mean all of his comments are funny + fancy words but NOTHING makes sence out of them.

    SMH! The Navy full of dysfunctionals indeed

  61. Kimberly May 24, 2012

    To the joker above I have given credit where it is due. I once said that the Grammy performance was good. This performance right there was not good. Take away her dancers and the smoke and what do you get? Her dancing was not good at all. I MEAN HER DANCE STEPS ARE SO SIMPLE YET THE LITTLE SHE DOES HAVE NO ENERGY. now people don’t be delusional. She sounds better in that performance but why must she stop singing all the time? is it really hard to sing these simple pop songs. If only she would stick her ass in a dance studio. exercise her ass off to build her stamina and smoke less, she would be better. sorry but the stage production was great but not the performance. Without stage productions we have no performers. none. they all use this crap to distract the audience from their lack of stage presence and horrible singing. If you think rihanna was on key, please she was off key. damn fools.
    If rihanna was not seen all about the place smoking, drinking, spending so much time on social media and clubs, then I WOULD GIVE HER A PASS. THIS B**** DOESN’T CARE FOR HER FANS AND I MEAN IT. SEVEN YEARS AND YOUR FANS NOT SUPPOSE TO GRAB THEIR SITS HOPING THAT YOU WOULD NOT MESS UP. HIT OR MISS ARTIST CAN NEVER BE MY FAVORITE

  62. Kimberly May 24, 2012



  63. Jer May 24, 2012

    #11 on iTunes. Where your fave at? Rihanna has the highest charting non-lead single out. WHere Have You Been has been available to purchase for 8 months and is still outselling your faves. #eatitbitch

    • RichnBlack11(Beyonce keep em MAD) May 24, 2012

      And it still ain’t #1

  64. Saetana May 24, 2012

    Aside from her being a bit out of breath at the very end (and we all know what is causing that, nothing wrong with a bit of weed but I ain’t a singer!) that performance was fine. Her vocals were the best I’ve heard from her in quite a while and her dancing is coming along, at least she doesn’t make the mistake of trying to sing and dance at the same time – she has enough trouble doing one at a time. I think this song being squarely in her vocal comfort range probably helped. As for TGJ, you actually dare to call yourself unbiased? Oh please, there are two types of Rihanna shade in your posts about her – blatant shade and the slightly more sublte shade shown in this article, you don’t fool us. You are starting to sound really stupid about Rihanna when its posts regarding her that account for most of your clicks on this site ;o)

  65. Dontbeevil…anddontbefoolish either May 24, 2012

    F*** the dumb s***.
    If you think this performance was good by any standards then YOUR standards are extremely low!!!
    Pitch was off,ending was laughable and she can’t dance.
    The fact that all the other extra stuff is being used to take away the attention from her weak basic vocals
    says something.
    I’m not a hater but damn Rihanna. I’d hate to be your Stan. You can’t sing or dance? Then why support her? Maybe because her fans are like the children who ride the slow bus….they like flashy things and pretty colors

  66. arie May 24, 2012

    I am not a Rihanna fan but I have to say she has improved alot. Beyonce has stage presence but just like everybody else she uses a backing track.

  67. morgat May 24, 2012

    great image !!!
    like early 90′ salt’n pepa or 2unlimited

    bravo rihanna!!!
    always !!

  68. likane May 24, 2012

    you b**** here is that we call good performance
    Dawn Richard has a crazy talent you do not need to call Beyonce To Own talent with proof dawn richard
    rihanna after 7 years does not happen every day to sing a song properly and put on the hair how many times such a change of hairstyle this year the poor lol
    but anyway it was better vocally on snl but is stiff any day I also feel that his team tries to be so positioned beyoncé because it uses the same kind of scene many dancer decoration only we forget that he had no talent rihanna lol the funny thing is that at the end she is simply herself lol this girl is so stupid

  69. Stephen May 24, 2012

    People need to stop with the Beyonce comaprisms for crissakes. Rihanna is not a “vocal” kind of artist, she is an “entertaining” kind of artist whose area of specialty is in entertaining and making catchy songs.
    Rihanna can sing better than acts like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Ke$ha, Lady GaGa(they’re on the same level) etc. Has she ever claimed to be a vocalist? Hell no. She knows she isn’t a vocalist as such, but her voice is good in tonal quality and is entertaining enough for her listeners, hence the number of Hot 100 #1s and top tens she has.
    People ought to stop criticising her for her vocal ability, because singing is NOT her area of specialty. But she can sing to some extent, at least she tried with “Russian Roulette”.
    People need to realise that not every artist is a VOCALIST and vice versa. Rihanna can sing to some extent, and has more vocal range than Lady GaGa, who is also a contralto. People ought to accept Rihanna for who she is; an entertainer, not a technical singer. Lady GaGa isn’t much of a vocalist, either. But I don’t hear pple criticising her singing as much as they criticise Rihanna’s.

    • Stephen May 24, 2012


    • mobwife May 24, 2012

      LOL….HA HA HA! 🙂

      Yes, Rihanna can sing better than Justin Bieber and Ke$ha! Hell my dog howls better than either sings! BUT you must be smoking on that same “RASTA WEED” this chick was puffing when she did her hair, with that line about Rihanna singing better than Chris Brown & Lady Gaga 0_O the f**k? She and Naked Perry are evenly matched vocally IMO! Next I guess your going to tell us she sings better than JILL SCOTT, PATTIE LABELL, WHITNEY HOUSTON, MJB & MC right?

      • Stephen May 24, 2012

        I’m by no means a fan of Rihanna, I’m just tired of hearing people criticising her singing ability or lack thereof. She is NOT a vocal kind of artist like Adele and co. She is an entertainer artist with catchy music. She has never presented herself as a vocalist, nor has she ever vied for a vocal performance grammy nomination. Even if Chris Brown and Lady GaGa can sing better than Rihanna, that doesn’t mean the difference is by far, nor does it mean that CB and GaGa are phenomenal vocalists by any stretch of the imagination. And no, Rihanna is not evenly matched with Perry vocally, she’s a bit better

      • Stephen May 24, 2012

        *entertaining artist*

  70. whyohwhy May 24, 2012

    If you are a singer with talent you are suppose to be a vocalist! Rihanna used backtracking to cover up a lot of missing pieces. The out of breath should not have been nowhere in this less than 3mins performance that is, after she uncovered and came out of the box. Stop! giving her credit for doing something that she should be able to do in her sleep at this time. She’s an image and nothing more. She sings live! who came up with that mess. I agree on one thing, stop!! putting her in the same sentence with Beyonce there should never be a comparison and we all know why!!! Rihanna did her usual boring self and that out of breath was priceless, PATHETIC!

    • Stephen May 24, 2012

      Not every singing artist is meant to be a VOCALIST. Madonna, Rihanna, GaGa, Janet, Akon, T.Pain, etc aren’t vocalists, but they’ve had amazing career success. The simple fact, which most people don’t seem to get, is that there are different kinds of artists. Some artists are entertainers e.g all the ones I mentioned above, then some other artists are “vocal artists” I.e artists known for their vocal abilities e.g Beyonce, Alicia, India, Jill Scott, John Legend, seal, even Usher and many more. Then there are performing artists(artists that excel at live singing) and the ones that are known for their voices quality to be called PERFORMERS.
      Entertainers and Performers are two different things. Rihanna, Britney, J.Lo, Bieber, etc are entertainers. Performers are Whitney, Mariah, Toni, Lionel, Beyonce, Legend, etc

  71. Ayo May 24, 2012

    At first I thought it was going to be a promising perfomance with the opening verse actually sounding quite good , but then I got the same ol’ Rihanna that I expected: poor vocals, pitch problems everywhere, stiff robotic choreography, running out of breath for no reason and I don’t even want to get started on of the monstrosity of that last note. People keep on saying give her a break, she’s improving, but the girl has been in the game for about 9 years now, she ought to be better, but she wont, because you can’t teach talent.

    • Stephen May 24, 2012

      7 years, not 9

      • Ayo May 29, 2012

        The girl has been signed since 2004 that gives her about 9 years in the game.

  72. JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) May 24, 2012

    Wack doesn´t begin to explain this girl and this particular performance
    The back track always does most of the work for her
    She can´t dance, if that is improving omg
    Her songs (the ones they make for her) are getting more generic by the minute
    And… wasn´t this new single going to be a huge #1? Rihanna´s rate of failure must be the higgest in music history. She releases like 7 singles per year but only 1 or 2 become a hit. She´s not even a singles artist, not even that

    • Stephen May 24, 2012

      I don’t even like her, but we ALL know that WHYB will top the Hot 100 very soon

  73. Kingphoenix May 24, 2012

    This performance was pretty decent, I guess her vocals will never be clear and concise though. I like the idea of the dreads, but the execution was just….hhhmmm. I’m still suprised this song has not gone number 1, like this was the best bet, on the whole TTT album….Honestly, Navi whats going on? No shade, just wondering.

    But anyways, look who I found in a hopeless place! This cat is embarrasing itself on this site with these delusional ass long winded comments. The ultimate Beyonce c*** rider, you can catch this lame feline in alleys all across her nation looking in dumpsters for copies of TTT and trying to sneak into movie theaters to see that Gawd awful movie Battleship so she can see her fave say lines like. “Mi lick Kentuckfried Chicken, mon!” What a loser:


  74. Kc May 24, 2012

    It was okay but can’t give a fair judgement cause of that cameraman. It kept going in and out but from what I saw it was a good improvement.

  75. Nice, a? May 24, 2012

    why isn’t she like that always? 😀 Haters gonna hate, potatoes gonna potate 😀 hate me if you want to but i don’t give a s*** about it 🙂 _ | _ with love :*

  76. Shawnee May 24, 2012

    It was a good performance. I don’t agree with anyone who says she can’t sing. I think people have a problem appreciating unique voices. Is that to say she’s a perfect singer, of course not but she is Rihanna and she owns that. I personally like her dancing because it seems natural to me and not like someone who has been over choreographed like most singers who really can’t dance at all.

    • Stephen May 24, 2012

      The truth is, every singer in the industry has some uniqueness to their vocal tone, there are definitely some similarities between some artists’ tone. I don’t agree that some acts have unique voices and others don’t. EVERY artist has a vocal tone unique to themselves. The main problem with people who say Rihanna can’t sing is that they fail to realise that her voice is not the FOCAL point of herself as an artist. She is more of an ENTERTAINER and fashionista

  77. James227 May 24, 2012

    But she’s not better than any performer case close

  78. POP ROYALTY ( Révolution) May 24, 2012

    her dancers :5/5
    special effects : 4/5
    HER DANCING ; 3/5
    HER VOCALS : 3/5
    overall ; 3.5/5

    her grammy’s performance is still her best. and this “improvement” you are talking about is TOO LATE.

  79. mobwife May 24, 2012

    This is just average! It was better than her ususal effort IMO! I swear Rihanna use to be a better dancer or am I just dreaming? During the GGGB era didn’t see use to dance not like Bey, Janet, Breezy or MJ but she use to get down back in the day! Didn’t see 0_O?

  80. mobwife May 24, 2012

    What I don’t understand is why the critics aren’t complaining about her singing over a BACKTRACK? She is singing LIVE LEAD VOCALS over a backtrack just like Justin Bieber did on ELLEN yesterday and Sunday on the BBMA. The same thing Usher and Chris Brown did on Sunday during the BBMA. Where are the critics, where’s that b**tch PALE?

  81. X,Y,”and Z” May 24, 2012

    But what an absolute F-A-I-L Camp-Fenty has now revealed themselves to be! ‘Battleship’ has now returned, World Wide, $260-Million. But it had cost some 400-$450-Million in final, ‘bring-to-theater’ costs.

    ..That ‘to date’ $260-Million falls-far short, if we’re to use Universal studio’s ‘final $260-Million’ number. In THAT case, Battleship had to return $364-Million in order NOT to fail. Battleship, for all intents, has now ended its overseas theater run. So now, any monies to be returned are to be from the U.S. domestic market. But said ‘U.S. domestic market’ is the weakest yet for Battleship – it only returned $25.3-Million its first weekend, it was projected to do $45-Million.

    ..And ‘rough seas’ only get “rougher” as Battleship goes to war with ‘MIB 3’, and the record-setting, Kraken-like ‘Avengers’.

    What a fool that Rihanna! She so badly wanted to outdo CBreezy, for what he’d done with ‘Takers’, that she “blindly” signed-up for ‘Battleship’. You see, the film’s producers knew EXACTLY what they were doing: If Battleship sets sail to fortune’s shores, then there’s ‘enough’ glory to go around. But, as it turned out, it fails – as it obviously has – then all the “blame” gets heaved onto Rihanna’s forehead.

    So the producers, and her co-stars all smiled in Rihanna’s face. They all now smile while as their respective PR teams now collectively “pull the trigger” and make her the fall guy. Did you REALLY think Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard, or Brooklyn Decker would carry the blame?

    ..Which faces did we all see on those ‘Battleship’ billboards? And of those, who easily has the better know name, AND was/is most recognizable? Certainly not Taylor Kitsch! (Hint?) Well, it’s the very face we saw on all the blogs doing interviews and ‘Battleship’ promotion – everywhere: RIHANNA..!! Of course!

    And so, where are we? Well..

    1.) We know Rihanna is without doubt, a “singles artist”.
    2.) We know she’s brought nothing but strife and bad luck to ALL the men in her life – Chris Brown and Matt Kemp.
    3.) We know that Def Jam had drastically cut her budget after she under-performed with ‘Rated R’; which is why she went shopping with trademarked material in-hand to the different video directors looking for cut-rate work (she had to recently ‘settle judgement’ after being sued by video director Dave LaChapelle).
    4.) We know Nicki Minaj is now the new “IT GIRL”.
    5.) We know that her one-time mentor, Jay-Z, has now lost all faith in her, as he’s now pushing HIS “new” IT GIRL: Rita Ora.
    6.) And we NOW finally know that Rihanna is certainly NO ‘Box Office draw’..!!

    ..The curtain now falls on Rihanna/Brand Rihanna..

    X,Y,”and Z” — OUT..!!

    • RIH4LIFE May 24, 2012

      yawn… BYE

      bad luck to all the men in her life? B**** u named 2… u think only 2 men has been in Rihanna’s life? STFU

      Oh n Rita Ora is only big on this site… No where else. we will all watch Rita Ora fade to the background like that Gay UK group this site tried to feed us and Krearyshaw or whatever.

      N finally… no1 is blaming the failure of Battleship on Rihanna bt her delusional haters… if she were replaced do u really think that movie would do better? pshhh NEGRO plz

    • Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012

      well said x,y and z..couldnt have said it better

  82. RichnBlack11(Beyonce keep em MAD) May 24, 2012

    Sorry Horrible , same bs nothing new

  83. Scottie May 24, 2012

    Why did I see Beyonce’s Glastonbury pyramid and lights on that stage?

    …with no Beyonce?

    • Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012


    • jaquala88 May 30, 2012

      im pretty sure bey got that idea from someone else dont act likeshe doesnt BORROW dang

  84. Steph May 24, 2012

    Rihanna has a lot of fans and this is what helps her…compared to her other performances this is an improvement. But please do not compare her to Chris Brown or Beyonce as this two are absolutely great performers and singers. It is a poor performance sorry. I love Riri for what she is and has to offer, but I’m under no illusion that her vocal skills and performance are lacking.

    • Stephen May 25, 2012

      Except that Chris Brown isn’t a “great singer”, nor great performer(singing IS a part of performing, and Whitney was the best live vocal performer). He’s just a great dancer and great entertainer

  85. RIH4LIFE May 24, 2012

    I hope Chris Brown taking notes. H e need to spend less time dissing ppl on focus on his damn game which quite frankly is slipping. Queen Rih Reigns!

    • Hmm May 24, 2012

      I believe that the other way around … cuz I think she needs more dance lessons and stop the vocal skyping . “If ” she is reigning apparently it is not in the ratings department… American Idol had the lowest ratings ever… but whatever floats you boat and let’s you sleep at night. 🙂

  86. Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012

    she did iight it wasnt stellar and she look like she’s been practicing and her dreads i like em

    • Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012

      even though theyre fake..ihate fake dreads..

  87. aishaaguilerakeys May 24, 2012

    That was an awful performance, she got out of breath fast for doing almost nothing, but people love her, the crowd was going bananas!

    • Uhh Okaii May 24, 2012

      they probably have one of those sitcom signs where it says “Laugh”, “Go Awww”, “Cheer”, “Scream in Excitement”

  88. Hmm May 24, 2012

    @Stephen for someone who “claims” to not be a fan… You are constantly commenting and correcting every opinion that does not coincide with yours. Everyone is not going to agree with you and you are wasting your time trying to convert people. Give it a rest. The performance is whatever. She has fans so it doesn’t matter what people say… at least her fans are happy.

    • Stephen May 25, 2012

      Lol. I’m not a fan of course, but I just don’t like it when people overly criticise an artist that was never about the vocals and claimed to be a great vocalist

      • Stephen May 25, 2012

        *never claimed to be a great vocalist*

  89. Nye May 24, 2012

    I thought the performance was actually pretty good/solid. She sounded good…you can tell she took her time with the vocals. She did pretty well on the bridge…wish she woulda took time to breathe before singing the last line…that’s the same thing that happened to her at 2011 AMAs when she did WMN and OGINTW but both performances were good. Kudos, Rih! This performance will definitely help push the single more…12th No. 1 single, anyone?

  90. Gaaglooo! May 24, 2012


  91. aynon May 24, 2012

    imagine how good that performance would have been if she could dance…uhhh vocals were on point apart from the last note.

    i can imagine the choreography she could have done if she could dance like Beyonce or Britney (back in the day) would have been amazing

  92. Gaaglooo! May 24, 2012

    And the HAIR is SO” The PREDATOR”!! Hahahahahaha……………. I can’T!

  93. jaquala88 May 30, 2012


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