Video: Rihanna & Maxwell Perform on ‘Oprah’ Haiti Special

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Oprah dedicated Wednesday’s show (Jan. 20) to Haiti. Wyclef Jean shared his devastating eyewitness account from his home country, while Rihanna performed “Redemption Song” and Maxwell sang “Fistful of Tears.”

The Barbados native explained why she chose Bob Marley’s song. “Growing up, anytime there was a really difficult situation, I always listened to this song ’cause it was so liberating, and even now I listen to it when my back is up against the wall,” she said. “I feel like the people of Haiti need to hear something inspiring.”

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30 Comments

  1. VaunTV

    Maxwell was sangin lol. RiRi did good, still needs some work but good job. GOD She’s gorgeous.Her little falsetto note was cute.

    Happy to see celebs doing something for Haiti

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  2. shelly-chelle

    I was distracted by Rihanna’s poof smh. Maxwell did his thing as usual.

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  3. rockwitu

    Good or bad at least Rihanna is supporting the cause while haters sitting at their computers criticizing. Go Rihanna!!1

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  4. Giselle

    Maxwell…amazing!

    good performance by Rih!

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  5. sara

    loved rihanna! she looked fierce

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  6. RUDE-BOY

    RIHANNA OUTDID HERSELF, AND SHE GOT OPRAH TEARY EYED! THAT WAS CONFIRMATION OF HER SLAYING!

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  7. Jordyn

    LMFAO @ RhiYAWNNa FLOP!!

    3 Flop singles in a Row!! Haha

    For the Stans it used to be #1s with Umbrella & Disturbia But Now their just happy For a Top 10.

    2 Months and the Rated Ridiculous is just now going gold in the states?

    LMFAO, hard is already losing air play & will be falling off real soon. The album wont even sell 2 million worldwide & will never go plat in the states. No #1 album either? FLOP

    OMG My Ears are still bleeding after hearing this Trash.~ This GOAT officially has the WORST Voice Ever!!

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    James Reply:

    @Jordyn, I never understand why ppl post hate comments

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    iDruski Reply:

    @Jordyn, Your just a hating ass bitch! While you talking shyt, Jard Moved up from 9 to 8 on the Billboard 100! So You Failed! No matter how you feel and think, That Rihanna Reign Just Wont Let Up!

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    Jordyn Reply:

    @iDruski,
    but is it number 1 no. . ok then FLOP sit down

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    jALIL Reply:

    @Jordyn, what was ur perpus of the comment.. GOD DOESNT LIKE YOU. this had nuthn to do wit her AMAZING RATED R ALBUM. this was about haiti gt it right. SHE WAS SO GUD LOOKD GOOD ND SOUNDED GOOD

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    LadySheamus Reply:

    @Jordyn, Actually I just decided to check Rated R out a few days ago and really liked it. I was pleasantly surprised and have had it on replay ever since.

    Honestly, I actually felt sorry for you just now reading your words. It’s so sad you have so much hatred. How sick.

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  8. swtsteph08

    What were you watching Rhianna sucked!!! And I’m not haiting. Why did Oprah have to give her free promo…this was about Haiti not her!!! Good job Maxwell!!!

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    LadySheamus Reply:

    @swtsteph08, So technically wouldn’t this mean that Maxwell is getting a free promo too?

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  9. iDruski

    Rihanna better SANNNNNGGGGGGGGGGGG!

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    Jordyn Reply:

    @iDruski,

    lol u must be a teenager. . lol because what Jennifer Hudson & Fantasia do is sanggggggggggg this is singin out of your nose and thats what rihanna does best. . .shes a hoax. . a walking zombie with no say in her life! & now u can add a flop to her resume!

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  10. Isis

    LMAO at her saying the people of Haiti need to hear something inspirational….uh Rihanna they’re not watching Oprah right now or listening to their iPods…if they did their ears would bleed until Maxwell came to the rescue…ditzy chick…take vocal lessons! I want to hear Wyclef perform Redemption Songs.

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  11. YOUNG BLACK AND GIFTED

    And the hate continues…

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  12. *(SHEzADIVaBUTiMtHATbITCh)*

    Oh Rhi Rhi you just didn’t take it there for me sorry………..

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  13. Catie

    Rihanna actually exceeded my expectations. She actually sang with some emotion and i loved that note at the end.

    Maxwell killed it!

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  14. A Dude

    Rihanna is becoming a great artist, i’m amazed.

    She’s singing beautiful

    Haters find someone else to hate…this girl will be there for a loooong time !

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  15. baddy123

    rihanna had me in tears.
    i gave everything in my wallet to haiti.
    a real inspiration.
    go rih-rih.

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  16. MushyLove_1992

    Maxwell slayed as I knew he would. That high note Rihanna did at the end was not the business. But she was decent nonetheless.

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  17. prezzywalsh

    Beautiful rendition Rihanna! u took the reggae song and transformed it into a soulful, thought-provoking song. Lovely!. Her vocal arrangement was on point! her range, her pitch. she controlled the song! WELL DONE RIHANNA! U r showing us true fans around the world that u really r a true artist and we will continue to follow and support u! SUPPORT THE CAUSE!

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  18. bodacious

    riri did a super job , and there is no on who could have done it like the great b marley , but she did great, and it was good to hear her say that the song had such deep meaning to her down through the years!!!!!

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  19. bodacious

    maxwell was great also, its great to see the artist all stepping up to the plate with their support system to help haiti!!!!!

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  20. bodacious

    ri seemed like she was pushed to tears and was fighting hard to hold back from crying, haiti is close to her very own roots in the caribbeans so touching and i could feel the deep emotions that was on that oprah stage with all of them!!!!

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  21. bodacious

    this is so hard watching , and it is good to see so many peoples input, i keep listining to the song ri and it is very touching . everyone knows that marley was one of our greats and no one could do it better than he could but the though of the song being so important to you for a long time is just beautiful, bob would be proud, because you could have done any song but i love your choise of this song and i will get it !!!!!

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  22. bodacious

    and riri if and when you get some down time and read some of your many comments good/bad do not take it literally because theres some people who talk down the dead its just a way of life for some people . you just keep aiming for the sky keep god in your life and the rest will be history!!!!

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  23. bodacious

    you are helping people, and what you and many are doing is just great, and if someone wanr=ts to be nasety then blame it on their up bringing and they just do not know no better . they would try and defame you and you are doing something to help aid people in a natural disaster and people still wants to be nasety , its okay its on them not on you. you are doing your part!!!!

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