Watch: Rihanna Performs ‘Love On The Brain,’ ‘Diamonds,’ & More At ‘Global Citizen Festival’

Published: Sunday 25th Sep 2016 by Sam
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Rihanna brought her ‘ANTI’ campaign to the 2016 Global Citizen Festival last night.

The 28-year-old was tapped to headline the annual extravaganza, which aims to raise funds to end poverty worldwide.

Following in the footsteps of last year’s bill-topper Beyonce, the Bajan belle rocked New York’s Central Park with current single ‘Love On The Brain,’ seismic smash ‘Diamonds,’ and 2015’s oft-forgotten ‘FourFiveSeconds.’

How did she do? Watch below and let us know…

Granted she’s still not the most captivating on stage, Rih did turn in a commendable set of performances vocally.

Proving that with the right songs and the right effort she can deliver resonating showings.

More of this, please.

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  1. Corrina September 25, 2016

    HER VOICE Really is beautiful

    • B-YOU September 25, 2016

      She is working living her dream and seem very happy.

    • Raymond September 26, 2016

      I agree with you, Rihanna is an artist I admire a lot, her growth is impressive, she’s not one to shy away from her flaws but embraces them and does her best to become a better person

      • tikklzzz September 26, 2016

        Not many artist shows growth, i commend Rihanna for her resilience and her knack for good music.

  2. Kisses Down Low September 25, 2016

    How is Love On the brain doing on the charts?

    • Baddiebeymyfav September 25, 2016

      Terrible.?

      • Cupid September 25, 2016

        It hasn’t officially been pushed yet. I’m sure it’ll slay in due time.

      • Q_T September 25, 2016

        Terrible… Would be your fave’s music that nobody wants to listen. Terrible… Is beyfake’s notorious serial stealing legacy that will be known generations to come. Terrible is when you are known more for your dishonesty than your music.

      • Girl September 27, 2016

        How is formation, sorry or any of the other bey songs doing in the chart?

    • Music September 25, 2016

      Where is kellys music career? Kelly only scored 4 top 40 hits in her 14 year old solo career lol smelly kelly is the biggest flop known to man

      • Navy Captain September 25, 2016

        Yet she has sold more albums than Ciara…

    • jackson September 25, 2016

      Where is Kelly Rowland on the charts? Rihanna has had two singles from Anti in the top 10. Has Kelly recently?

      • Faf September 25, 2016

        She hasn’t lol Ciara had sold over 25 m records ww
        8 top tens

        Dont bring her In cuz u getting dragged

  3. Baddiebeymyfav September 25, 2016

    Must be a cup full of drake’s cvm in her throat cause she still sounds like a tortured goat to me. I’ll give this performance a D for DRY as f**. #Notimpressedatall. ?

    • Yellow Diamonds September 25, 2016

      Shut your thirsty for drama a$$ up h**.

      • Baddiebeymyfav September 25, 2016

        Make me h**!???

    • Solange September 25, 2016

      Are you proud of alll you just typed? You are literally doing too much to discredit someone you do not like. Live YOUR life, not trying to perch up on Rihanna’s.

      • Baddiebeymyfav September 25, 2016

        Yes, I’m very proud of what I typed. And, my comment stands. Rhigoat and her chicken fingers is a terrible singer and live performer. #Deal?

  4. blue September 25, 2016

    ‘Granted she’s still not the most captivating on stage, Rih did turn in a commendable set of performances vocally’

    translation
    she slayed but im too pressed to admit it

    • IG @ MIXEDBOY September 25, 2016

      This site can never give her genuine unbiased props. Smh

    • Marley September 26, 2016

      Yeah right…..stop smelling her c*** already

  5. IStan4Rihanna. September 25, 2016

    Rihanna, Bay Girl, I just love you so much! She was great last night and she looked MAGNIFICENT!

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    “Love On The Brain” update.

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    September 27th: Urban/Rhythmic radio adds.
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    October 11th: Pop/HAC radio adds.

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  6. LOL September 25, 2016

    LOL FOUR FIVE SECONDS WAS A TOP 5 HIT AND IT’S OFT FORGOTTEN? SO WHAT DOES THAT MAKE SORRY OR ANY OF KOOLAID’S SINGLES? LMAO.

    • Music September 25, 2016

      But how is flopping illusions doing??? Are you ready for gaga to have artpop 2.0 with his new album joe?

  7. #justsayn September 25, 2016

    I’m never been that big of a Rhianna fan but im not gonna sit up there and act like she didn’t put on a great show last night! I honestly became a Rhi fan last night! She did an awesome job live! She may not be a powerhouse vocalist like Bey but Rhianna does what works for her! I really enjoyed her show! She had the whole city children and parents rocking to her music last night! & I had no idea Rhianna had so many danm hit records! She has accomplished alot for her age! She has done things it take most artists do their entire career! Good job Rhi!

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 25, 2016

      She didn’t put on a great show at all to me………ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE SINGS LOVE ON THE BRAIN, SHE HAS THE ATTITUDE NEEDED TO SING THE SONG MINUS THE VOCALS. She seemed lazy as hell and looked like she just got outta bed straight to the show. LAZINESS……BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE EVERY RIHANNA PERFORMANCE.

    • IStan4Rihanna. September 25, 2016

      As a dedicated fan of hers, and have been since 2006, I’m happy that you enjoyed her performance last night. 🙂

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      Granted Rihanna is not a powerhouse singer but she is (honestly) a great entertainer and certainly knows how to perform when its called for (albeit I do wish she was more consistent) and stage presence has grown ten-folds the last several years. She has “something” that not many pop artists (especially current ones) possess this is why she’s so successful and has had amazing longevity.

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      As for her “hit records”, there isn’t a single artist (male or female) of whom has as much global hits as Rihanna does; she is the biggest hitmaker of her generation and has been since 2007. Greatest hits albums are virtually obsolete and pointless in today’s music industry given the sales climate and what have you but if her were to one produce one it would, possibly, need to be triple sided just to cover the sheer variety of hits she’s had from 2005 – present.

    • Rihallah September 25, 2016

      *Rihanna b****

  8. Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 25, 2016

    She has good songs, just wish she had the performance ability to back it up…HONESTLY SPEAKING.

    • IStan4Rihanna. September 25, 2016

      Read my comment above.

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      OT: In some ways, I do genuinely agree with you. Rihanna does lack consistency in the live department but her confidence on stage has grown the last several years and has vastly improved. I still love her so much nonetheless.

      • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 25, 2016

        Agreed…maybe consistency is the word to use here. The fact that u as a NAVY can say she is inconsistent is honest and refreshing. Like for example my favourite performance from Rih this era, is the 3 performance at the VMA…THE NEEDED ME, POUR IT UP MIX. EXCLUDING THE ATROCIOUS AND HORRIBLE VOCALS ON NEEDED ME, I REALLY LIKED AND ENJOYED HOW CONFIDENT SHE SEEMED AND WAS JUST HAVING FUN WITH SOME CHOREOGRAPHY. P.S I LOVED HER LOOK…SHE LOOKED BADASS THERE.

      • IStan4Rihanna. September 25, 2016

        Oh, ‘surprise’, Girl…

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        She started off singing “Needed Me” so well but her head voice/falsetto was completely non-existent that night so the performance just fell apart by the end – “Pour It Up” and “BBHMM” were great though. My favourite performance was her ‘Dancehall’ medley; she is so much more comfortable when singing/performing songs of her heritage/culture and that I’ve noticed the last several years.

  9. Jill September 25, 2016

    She may ruled the charts with her basic a** song but girl really can’t sing. It’s painful to hear and watch. I’ll put her on the same categeory as katty basic perry, queen of the chart but worst vocalist. They can never be compare to the likes of bey or gaga who are an actual singer and who knows how to put on a show.

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 25, 2016

      AGREED!!!!!!! HORRIBLE PERFORMER

    • JOHNVIDAL September 25, 2016

      She is totally horrible. It´s just the truth. Vocally she can be better than Katy Perry SOMEtimes live. That´s all I can give her 🙂 Seeing some people saying this is “slaying” is absolutely surreal.

  10. Music September 25, 2016

    Ok Rih she did a good no hate from me today i enjoyed it

  11. The kpop guy, Matt ~ September 25, 2016

    You have a 10 year old career, yet can only ‘sing’ diamonds?

    • IStan4Rihanna. September 25, 2016

      It’s been very well established that their are certain songs (hits or not) in her repertoire that Rihanna does not and will sing/perform often and if she does its usually on certain occasions ie. “Pon De Replay; S.O.S; Umbrella; Don’t Stop The Music; Take A Bow; Disturbia etc. There’s also We Ride; Shut Up and Drive; Rehab; Russian Roulette; Hard etc. and SO MUCH MORE!

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      Furthermore, “ANTI” was a heavy urban album thus I believe that this era she was just performing her favourite urban-oriented songs + a few established smash-hits ala. We Found Love & Diamonds.

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      P.S: I personally believe she’s saving all of these songs for her legacy performance years from now.

    • Music September 25, 2016

      But where is gaga doing now a days???? Flopping illusions is calling your name and i know you’re not coming for someone with a decade long career when flopga only lasted for 3 years

      • JOHNVIDAL September 25, 2016

        Music
        What does any of that have to do with the fact haht Rihanna can barely sing or perform? Where is Gaga? Getting real respect and releasing the music SHE makes and giving real performances of any genre every time she gets on any stage? Yeah that´s where she is. She´s not as present as Rihanna on singles charts… good for you’ lol I don´t know, the type of basic stans you represent are sad. Do you enjoy music at all? Do you care? Talking about careers, Gaga has proved she´ll have one regardless of everything, Rihanna… we´ll see once her singles are over, she doesn´t have talent to back that up.

  12. La Perra September 25, 2016

    She did really good here… the outfit was a miss for me, but I can appreciate her risk and style.
    Over all great job Miss Fenty.

  13. Music September 25, 2016

    The two pressed flopga stans “lol” and “the kpop flop stan” are both pressed over the two black international global mainstream queens that is bey and rih “lol” is pressed over bey and the k pop flop fäg matt is pressed over rih

    • Navy Captain September 25, 2016

      He loves Rihanna. That Kpop flop uses her name more than that Flopga he was stanning for the other day.

  14. The kpop guy, Matt ~ September 25, 2016

    I’m not pressed over anything sweetheart. Rih has a vast catalog but she keeps reusing certain songs. That was all I said. Nothing more

    • Navy Captain September 25, 2016

      I’m so happy to see your dry ass on every Rihanna post. You’re truly a fan. Hell you seem to comment more than the Navy. It’s okay. We all love Rihanna. We know you do too.

  15. B_Roni September 25, 2016

    Not her best but I enjoyed these performances. I think it really eats people up how she can have so much success and not give a damn about what someone has to say. Then someone asked how love on the brain is doing on the charts when the song hasn’t even been released to mainstream radio. Smh.

    • IStan4Rihanna. September 25, 2016

      That’s our RiRi for you!

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      She has a character and temperament that is very much like your typical west-indian; extremely carefree and full of inner-confidence.

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      She does what she wants and that that, there’s no debating!

  16. FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade September 25, 2016

    Girlllll did you all notice her crowds singing along like crazy young old black white men women
    RihRih sing amazingly last night and wow i love her more today…
    A performer on her own term go Riri

    People will always try to bring her down and say stupid thing but you know its s*** just like when people said Bey is an horrible performer it’s all lies..there are haters and they will seethe because Riri slayed last night.

  17. Keri Qween September 25, 2016

    Queen. Some of y’all are big mad ?

    • Surprise..(DEC 2013) September 25, 2016

      AND KERI….NVM

  18. Metzo September 25, 2016

    She strains and drags her vocals way too much and all those dramatic hand movements just to give emotional effect and it doesn’t look natural at all.
    She did good tho. Way better than Britney.

    • JOHNVIDAL September 25, 2016

      Yay! Better than Britney… which is saying… not much 🙂 Her hand movements are fake in the sense she wants to make it seem like she´s offering demanding vocals when she´s not. Some people think she is a true “rock star” because of that though 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • Q_T September 25, 2016

        Her hand gestures bother you? Lmao you are seething beyond reason.

      • JOHNVIDAL September 26, 2016

        Her hand gestures don´t bother anyone. Your logic skills leave much to be desired. Act like a real music fan and not a troll. We are just saying that it is obvious she exaggerates the gestures to make something that is so mediocre like it is something special. Just that.

      • tikklzzz September 26, 2016

        This old man though… so you are a true music fan when u question hand gestures? go be senile elsewhere

  19. mikey September 25, 2016

    Lets not forget – she’s 28!

    Rihanna has literally HEADLINED every stage all her older contemporary artists have way before they did and continues to do so.

    The one thing left is the Superbowl and i don’t doubt that will happen with the campaign of her next album by the age of 30.

    Ya’ll stay pressed on this blog about her undeniable success and popularity and keep trying to shade Anti’s sales even though after 1 million copies were GIFTED it STILL sold another 500k copies so far ans has been the most streamed album of the year along with Drake.

    Work was a smash, Needed Me was a #1 record at Rhythmic and Urban and Love on The Brain is about to do the damn thing!

    Yes we know Beyonce is more talented but no one cares and there is no need to keep repeating it. Rihanna clearly has something that connects and her voice is one of the most distinct voices in the industry today without question. This girl transcends music and again shes only 28!

    There’s so much more to come. Just jump on the wagon now and stop trying to shade the girl with your 1 million articles about her Samantha which highlight some fault or is laced with negativity. Your love for Beyonce is fine because I love her too. But two black women can be successful in this game without the constant comparisons and efforts to drag one so that the other one can stay ahead.

    • FASHION_ICON ~ Anti&Lemonade September 25, 2016

      Glastonbury festival too

      And Rihanna just 10 years in her career are close to the kind of bey justin timberlake kanye west in term of popularity power achievement.
      She worked very hard for that and it shows

    • Q_T September 25, 2016

      Lol with all that’s said and done the general music consumers love Rihanna more and the hives are seething because rih keeps winning effortlessly

      • BEY>RIH September 26, 2016

        The general public and media love Beyoncé more than Rih. The proof is in the album sales, acclaim, awards, and media coverage. She is literally known as the queen; sorry to break it to you navy.

      • tikklzzz September 26, 2016

        Out of the two females, who is the best digital artist? Who is more known for impacting the MUSIC industry and setting records? And who has been out shorter? Rihanna wins, bey is barely keeping up.

  20. Navy Captain September 25, 2016

    If FourFiveSeconds is oft-forgotten and reached the top 5 of the Hot 100 what does that make the last 10 singles from FleaYonce?

  21. #JACKIE September 25, 2016

    She’s so boring on stage OMG!

    • JOHNVIDAL September 25, 2016

      She´s just really bad.

      • #JACKIE September 25, 2016

        She’s only better than Britney and that’s not saying much

    • Yeah I said it September 25, 2016

      This. She is by far the worst performer I have ever seen, just terrible, vocals and all ?

    • Girl September 27, 2016

      I honestly couldn’t judge how your fave is on stage cause she has yet to book that stage ??

  22. Yeah I said it September 25, 2016

    ^^This. She is by far the worst performer I have ever seen, just terrible, vocals and all ?

    • #JACKIE September 25, 2016

      She’s so lazy! I’ve never seen such a lifeless person on stage. If she could perform, she would slay but ewww she’s like watching paint dry.

      • Yeah I said it September 25, 2016

        Lazy as hell! Beautiful girl, but talent wise, nonexistent.

  23. Yellow Diamonds? September 25, 2016

    John hun, you should be buying perfect illusion!! The tumble is real! Kii. How does it feel to know the gp ain’t buying into it? She waited 3 years to flop again kii.

    • JOHNVIDAL September 26, 2016

      Irrelevant comment to what this post and what we were talking about in this post. If you stan by who is on singles charts at the moment then good for you I guess. But sounds like a really sad way to enjoy music in your life. The point of all this is talent and art. And we were dicussing singing and performing here. Which Rihanna is terrible at. It doesn´t feel anyway knowing the gp cares or doesn´t care about a song or artist. The song or artist keep being equality good or bad. It´s not like nowadays gp supports the biggest talents out there (in general). Some Rihanna fans thumbing up your empty comment doesn´t change anything either 🙂 But don´t worry. You´ll grow up (or not, cause I have never been so basic not even when I was 10 years old).

  24. ?Yellow Diamonds? September 25, 2016

    @john was she talking about her career when she sang “it wasn’t love, it was a perfect illusion” ?

  25. Q_T September 25, 2016

    They r mad at RiRi’s longevity and success! Mad because people’s eardrums aren’t blackballing her music like they do their faves. Kiiiiii

    • BEY>RIH September 26, 2016

      Yes it is. The navy should thank Bey.

  26. Danny Bey September 25, 2016

    I respect Rihanna. And I love her music. But the way she performs is irks the hell outta me. Vocals aside, her mannerisms and hand gestures are sooo extra. Like she’s overcompensating or trying too hard. Moving around like a mating praying mantis. Chill girl.

    • Jemina Nelson September 25, 2016

      LOVED RIHANNA’S PERFORMANCES. WELL DONE. I HAVE NOT SAID THAT IN A LONG TIME. 😉

  27. tikklzzz September 26, 2016

    Wow she just keeps winning <3

  28. Nowqd Reddibut it ash trjoan ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi September 26, 2016

    Nice performance of Riri

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