Tonight brings with the official kick-off of Ciara‘s hotly anticipated ‘Jackie Tour.’
Surprisingly, despite stage blazing being the singer’s trademark, the trek – launched in support of her new album ‘Jackie’ – is the first she’s embarked on in over six years.
That said, Ms. Harris has more than kept us entertained over this period, with epic performances on some of music’s biggest platforms.
Journey with us as we revisit Ciara’s Top 5 Performances…
5) Ride (Live On The Mo’Nique Show)
Despite banning the racy video for ‘Ride,’ BET hold the honor of airing its only televised performance on ‘The Mo’Nique Show’ in 2010. And oh did she slay!
4) Gimme Dat (Live On The George Lopez Show)
As CiCi has said herself, the ‘Basic Instinct’ era defined disaster – thanks to label drama (and, arguably, the album itself – we’re looking at you, The-Dream). However, what didn’t falter was the performer’s ability to ignite the stage. Backed by a troop of dancers, she showcased that and then some during this explosive 2010 showing which re-created the ‘Gimme Dat’ video and infused shades of Janet Jackson’s ‘Rhythm Nation.’
3) Love, Sex, Magic (Live On Ellen)
Sometimes the absence of a collaborator can negatively impact a live performance. Yet, in Ciara’s case, it presents another opportunity to show up and show out. Such was the case when she performed the Justin Timberlake assisted cut solo on the ‘Ellen’ show in 2009. Borrowing the seductiveness of the song’s video, Super Ci switched things up by pairing the showgirl theme with James Brown esque tenacity. The result? An electrifying performance!
2) Take You Down (With Chris Brown At BET Awards 2008)
Despite only appearing at the tail end of Chris Brown’s ‘Take You Down’ performance, CiCi made her presence more than felt with an epic dance routine with C. Breezy. A high-point for both of their careers.
1) I’m Out / Body Party (BET Awards 2013)
For us, Ciara’s 2013 showing at the BET Awards 2013 is the perfect encapsulation of everything we love about her. The energy, the choreography, the seductiveness, the sass, and the precision. Six minutes of undeniable slayage!
[Let’s all observe a moment of silence for the jaw-dropping glide and slide across the floor]
Do you agree with our picks?