Video: Rihanna Opens the 2010 AMAs

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A curly-haired Rihanna floated above the audience during her opening performance at this year’s American Music Awards. The Bajan babe kicked off her medley with a snippet from her sequel to “Love the Way You Lie” before jumping off of her perch to sing her hit “What’s My Name?” Joined by backup dancers, the crimson-coiffed chanteuse switched her hips to the pop jam, taking it to the dance floor by closing the performance with “Only Girl (In the World).” Watch the bumping clip below.

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111 Comments

  1. Giamma

    Queen SLAYED!!!

    Haters are SO MAD right now!

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  2. Dizzle

    Yezzer!!

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  3. ElecErick

    Oh My God!, this perform was such amazin!!!, the best!

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  4. VaunTV

    SLAAAAYYYYYYEEEEDDD LOVES IT.

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  5. Curtis

    She SHITTED!!! Her best performance and she DANCINGGG yess this is where she gets better from here

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  6. RAHJA

    She killed it!!! Start to finish! Amazing, beautiful, etc etc!! Loved it. Her body is sick! Loveeeeeeee Rihanna!!!!

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  7. maison martin margiela

    Fucking amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST PERFORMANCE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. YEAH

    SHE DID BETTER THAN I EXPECTED SO I’M GIVING HER PROPS!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS CHICK SERIOUSLY!!!!

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  9. Jock..!

    I Luv This Performance..!..And I Liv Her..!..Follow Meh On Twitter..!..@Man_LuvszRiRi..=^.}

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  10. Pay Homage

    I love you so much Rihanna….You showed the haters why you have 8 #1 Songs with 9 next week….You killed it boo

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  11. maison martin margiela

    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best performance ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. vanya1199

    OOO MY GOD, Rihanna, this is a great performance, dance … energy … … YOU VOCAL very clever!

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  13. LOUDestDudeYeah

    She FUCKIN SLAYEEEEEEED!!!! SHE DANCEEED LIKEEE OH SHIIIT IM STILL EXCIITEEED!! SHE SLAYEED AND WAY BEYOND OF THAAAT!!! I LOVE YOUU RIHANNA!!!

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  14. luvlife

    Loved it!!! Haters can stay mad!

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  15. back2basics

    she did a great job. Im so glad that she danced as well

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  16. Adam

    this was fuckin awsomeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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  17. MELISSA

    HER BEST PERFORMANCE!!!! SHE WAS AMAZING!!

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  18. PRESSED?

    THAT BITCH RIPPED THAT FUCKING STAGE INTO A MILLION PIECES, WHAT A WAY TO BRING HER LOUD PROMOS TO A CLOSING……..THIS WAS LEGENDARY

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  19. Ahhhh!!

    RIRI IS THE BUSINESSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!! BEST PERFORMANCE OF HER’S YET! I DONT EVEN KNOW WHY IM STILL WATCHING THIS, LOL THAT WAS THEE HIGHLIGHT FOR ME

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  20. Stop playa hatin

    She did awesome. Coming from a ciara and nicki stan. Think im finna get loud. #rihannanavy. Omg that body, those vocals, that hair, that buetiful face = Rihanna the angel. Imma stam now. Bout to go get loud

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  21. meme

    IT FUCKING OVER! ITS OVER!

    Rihanna murdered that performance. Now i would like to hear someone talk sh*t about she cant sing or dance. She proved why she is the biggest star presently. OMG im in tears. she did so well

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  22. Ace

    Looks good, but sounds a hot freakin mess!

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  23. cha

    I loved it.. that’s my boo. She keeps gettin Betta at her game. So sexy. Chris brizzy mad Lmao.

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  24. ChriB

    The vocals were a hot mess but that was a cute performance.

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  25. FTW

    This was so nice. Can’t say she just walked around the stage nope she danced and had stage presence. I see she’s making an effort to be better because this is the best I’ve seen her.

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  26. jeremydante

    she did a good job. good for her.

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  27. Stan again

    Once again a converted Riri stan. Buying LOUD tomorrow. My girls here are impressed too. Think we can say Beyonce can retire. Rihanna is taking over

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  28. MACEDONIA

    NOW CAN ANYONE SAY THAT CHE CANT DANCE?! I MEAN PLEASE BUT YEAH IT KINGA OK TO BE JEALOUS SHE ROCKED OUT!

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  29. YEAH

    SHE SOUNDS A LITTLE PITCHY BUT THAT MEANS SHE SINGING NOT LIP SYNCING!!! SHE MAY NOT BE THE BEST SINGER (OF COURSE SHE’S NOT BEYONCE IS) DEAL WITH IT!!! QUEEN BEYONCE & QUEEN RIHANNA KILLIN IT

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  30. chov55

    I really like it! Almost as good as Lady Gaga’s last year performance…Almost. But I love it! Good work Riri!

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  31. AR

    That was fucking awesome. Rihanna is a performing now. About damn time. Can’t believe that is her up there. Her album LOUD is off the fucking chain. I listened to it in my sister’s car. Tomorrow, I’m going to pick up my own copy.

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  32. Chris(817)

    She did good!! I love RiRi, but what the stage needed was some Ciara fire going!!!

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  33. lexus

    YES she killed it and YES you ARE MAD at that fact and YES you will just have to STAY MAD and DEAL WITH IT.

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  34. umm...

    umm….right…

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  35. Giamma

    I’m still hyped!!!

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  36. DrDreStillGotIt

    She surpassed her performance from last years AMA’s by miles and miles. She used to just walk around and stand still. She turning into a good performer. Big ups to her. Go Rihanna!

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  37. YEAH

    ROTFLMFAO @ ALL THE HATERS RUSHING HERE JUST TO VOICE THEIR OPINION!!! WE DON’T CARE!!! RIHANNA FREAKIN SLAYED TONIGHT <3

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  38. LUUUUUUUUU

    i just came in my pants

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  39. anonymous

    The best I’ve seen her this year. Her AOL sessions from last year is the best I’ve ever heard her vocally.

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  40. Sigh...

    It’s obvious from these comments that you people don’t know real music and stage presence. I miss real music. Enough of the gimmicks and talentless!!

    Goodbye Rap-Up! You, along with these clones have proven to me that you wouldn’t recognize real music and talent if it spit in your pitiful faces…

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  41. king

    rihanna is the fukin best ever fuk gaga

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  42. Kev

    It Was Grat, The Better, an I saw on
    Live

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  43. patricia

    je suis tout a fait d accore avec soupir qu a tel fait de particulier au faite e na tellement aucun talent que vous vous estasier devant un petit coup de rein pitoyable

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  44. Kyle

    I am always very critical of Rihanna’s live performances and feels she usually leaves a lot to be desired but she actually did VERY GOOD tonight. I think what makes this one of her best is the fact that she actually MOVED AROUND tonight. She wasn’t as stiff and her choreography was good. Good job Rihanna and keep it coming!

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  45. sagb

    she did good..see she did some dancing and killed it…now all we need 2 do now is get OGITW to #1

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  46. tehe!

    lfs;g;ohgpiesgpteihgsn;s!
    that will be all
    <3

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  47. Kera

    She did so GREAT! She was fucking amazing! Go riri!!!

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  48. djinvincible74

    I love Rihanna but someone needs to tell her that Tina Turner wants her 1988 hairstyle back. :)

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  49. Courtney M

    She was hottttt, even though her hair looked a little raunchy.
    But oh yea, I forgot about her performance haha. Well it was ight.

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  50. WhompWhomp

    I see the RiRi stans are eating this up, lets be real it was an ok performance nothing to get excited about. looking see eye dead @ press? “legendary” I think not. This AMA really sucks, when Bey don’t perform it’s not an award show

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  51. patricia

    love performance pink

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  52. rockwitu

    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    YES
    RIHANNA TOOK IT TO THE DANCE FLOOR WHERE SHE BELONGS. LET’S HOPE SHE STAYS THERE. IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER FROM THIS POINT ON. IT MUST, SHE CAN’T GO BACK AFTER A PERFORMANCE LIKE THIS!!!

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  53. wwwgirl

    SHE STILL LOOKS LIKE A HIGHSCHOOL KID.. NO TALENT… yeah this might be her best… BUT SHE LOOKS LIKE A HIGHSCHOOL KID who practiced this routine OVER AND OVER…. LET HER DO SOME JANET JACKSON…

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  54. Jasmineee

    Okk So i Lovee Lovee Lovee Lovee Her ! Shes My idol ! : ) && She Did SUCH A Great Jobb ! iluu Ri-Ri ! <3

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  55. king

    look WhompWhomp u is jus a rihanna hater and fuk beyonce dis is not about her

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  56. ANDARIEG0

    Riri clearly couldn’t handle singing Only Girl…she has $$, why can’t she get a vocal coach?!?!

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  57. Laughin out Loud

    the songs are nice but she still CANT SING AND DANCE. n please no need to hide behind beyonce’s name to try to make people not see that after all those years in the industry she still cant sing. im a bey fan and i obviously could see that she was like “TRYIN” everythin. she tries 1 step then she stops..u kno why? cuz she was like ooops i have to sing as well, aint easy.

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  58. sachfan

    lol at you people who dont even know her always taking up for her like she family… its all opinions dont be mad when they dont go your way-she still needs singing lessons. that is all… carry on lol

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  59. jjj

    Rihanna was GREAT!! This is her best performance in a while…
    This is the BEST PERFORMANCE AT THE AWARDS!!

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  60. Junior in Jamaica

    Rihanna gave me EVERYTHING!

    She did exactly what I wanted her to do…SURPRISE US!!

    The start was great…and the free fall was wonderful to watch…I wonder who/what caught her below?

    I loved the mix of the Caribbean vibe with WMN and she ended well with Only Girl (though she could’ve danced a tad more). The end note was a little iffy…but it was expected her high energy performance certainly didn’t make it easy.

    I am really happy to see ALL the celebrities showing adoration when she was finished. A standing Ovation and I could see Jada and her daughter all into it, Usher, BEP…Rihanna did us all proud!

    I am orignally a MYA fan and still am (Mya beats half these chicks with singing, dancing the works when she sleeps just under rated and poor teams) but Rihanna has given me it all where Mya has not for the last years!

    I LOVE YOU RIHANNA!!!!!!!!!!!

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  61. tell'em

    This was a great performance. One of the best performances in her career. Anyone that says otherwise is straight HATING. #getMad #stayMad #dieMAD

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  62. ponyo

    thats was a sexy perfomance riri gets better with time……she is not perfect guys…..i like her little dances and i love her off key voice…..its being unique…..people have to realize she has an accent so she struggles to sing the songs american like……love riri…..#loud is a great album by the way

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  63. Chris Shorts

    slayed thats all lol killed it ma love u riri

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  64. Trial

    Funny, some people wrote their best essays, using like 5 synonyms in one sentence to avoid writin the exact same thing. (the sense is still the same though). noone’s hating on her. noone cares whether she be asian or african or whatever. the thing is she was strugglin t’ sound good, not t’ sound american like, she been livin in US 4 long enuf, been datin like 5 or 7 american dudes to speak or sound the american way. i dont mind, at the end of the day i stilll like her n her songs. but i just realized that she been lypsincin durin the good girl gone bad tour. cuz man she sounded amzingly good. why cant she do the same thing?

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  65. Rihanna Baby

    thats ma girl!!!!!!!

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  66. jay scorpio

    well done baby gurl love how u brought that island flava to the stage tonite… could have let loose a bit more but all in all an amazing performance one of the best we have seen in a while since the GGGB era….welcome bakk!!!

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  67. chrisss

    @Trial she wasnt lypsincing on gggb tour. you also have to take into account the the human voice is in a constant state of change until age 22. and it slows down there but keeps changing. there for 19 yo riri had a different sounding voice than 22 yo riri. that and she should get a vocal coach to not only get her vocals better but to teach her good habbits to keep it in good condition. im a riri stan btw

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  68. Mia

    Awww this was a cute performance. What made it work is the undeniable fact that Rihanna is putting out the strongest music in pop right now and she has been for years. But unlike last year, this time she came out with music that works well live. Stuff like “Hard” and “Wait Your Turn” are not great performance songs because they lack a real melody. “Only Girl” and “What’s My Name” are strong melodically which is half the battle.

    Anyway she hit a few bad notes but overall her voice sounded strong and I love her little dance moves. Most of all she looked happy to perform and that’s what has been missing.

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  69. 2011k

    I remember back when it first came out, Disturbia was like one of my most favorite songs of all times….she was scheduled to perform it on some award show one year (MTV, maybe?), and I was SOOOO excited….I watched that BS and almost cried at how she butchered that song…I’ve been extremely skeptical whenever I hear the words “Rihanna” and “performance” in the sentence ever since then, but this one wasn’t so bad; it was rather (and definitely surprisingly) kinda good….

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  70. Rihanna is lame

    Why are her stans so fucking delusional? She’s so untalented!

    She can’t dance
    She can’t sing

    AT
    ALL

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  71. Rihanna is lame

    Horrible performance!

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  72. Rihanna is lame

    She’s so untalented. SERIOUSLY!

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  73. Nicole

    Why don’t anyone of you haters get on a stage and do it since its so easy and she can’t sing? One of you losers get up there and doit. This is Americ, everyone has the same opportunity, what seperates you from her and others that do this for a living is their love of music, drive, will power and grabbing the opportunity to follow their dreams. To the person that commented about people not knowing about music, you are the one that are clueless.Music is supposed to be fun and free, it should make you want to move and dance and that is what Rihanna’s music does like much of the music in the 80′s not many powerhouses but lots of successful entertainers that made fun, exciting music, much like Rihanna. Everyone will not blow, that is a gift,

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  74. TheDimplePuppet

    Rihanna yes girl. Best performance ever. I knew you could do it.

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  75. king

    rihanna is the best that y she have so many haters and cause she is a islands girl but in my eyes rihanna rock that fuk so fuk all the rihanna haters and fuk gaga and beyonce fans

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  76. tehe!

    i don’t get it y’all wanted her to dance now you saying that shez doing bey’s dan moves? she from the islands bey is not so stfu
    and how did bey get into this idk
    no one can pleases you ppl
    bey is so gr8 but she brings nothin new
    all her performances powerhouse singing and booty shaking.. don’t say it ain’t true
    its not a bad thing.. but when last has bey surprised us and did summin different…
    i love bey but she has become boring putting out the same shit year after year
    anywayz i think rihanna really tried kudos to her
    vocals weren’t flawless.. rih isn’t use to all this choreo so i get why she was out of breathe at the end

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  77. jahliss

    I really loved it! Rihanna’s back!

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  78. K.K.

    SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! SHE DID IT! WOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWW :D SO IN LOVE WITH RiRi RIGHT NOWWWW ;D :D

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  79. fdsfsdfsfsd

    Google in the input: = tradeone.us = you can find many brand names, even more surprising is that he will sell you the unexpected o(∩_∩)o

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  80. Loud_Ryan

    Beyonce who?

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  81. king

    Beyonce and gaga is not all that cause they do the same thing fuk they rihanna all the way rihanna will all ways get haters no matter wat so fuk the the haters love rihanna

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  82. rockwitu

    Oh please, who hasn’t beyonce taken from? Songs, dance, style, everything under the carribean sun Beyonce has taken! Go RIhanna!!!!

    (((((((Beyonce hasn’t hit the milestones that Rihanna has and is about to embark upon…watch…she saved her dancing for when it mattered: WHEN THE FANS DEMANDED THAT SHE DANCE, SHE DANCED. )))))))) Rihanna reads the blogs, she knows what her “fans” want to see, and she silenced the no-lifers. LMMFAO!!!

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  83. Whats My Name

    Beyonce could NEVER
    Lady Gaga could NEVER
    The rest are below basic to even mention.

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  84. king

    rihanna will ruk up beyonce and gaga next year u ppl best know that

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  85. shermoon

    Now that was it!!!

    hot hot hot!!!

    rihanna owned the stage

    looked hot

    sang well

    and danced so naturally

    wow!!!get em riri

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  86. king

    rihanna rock

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  87. titite

    the best rihanna performance ever the best of the night i love it we ask for it and she bring it with out missing a beat she was so fuckung amazing i could not believe my eyes her dancing was incredible she sings so good and i love the began to ending rihanna bring it and yo haters cant deny that she brang the hottness but u r free to hate beyonce or lady gaga got nothing on RIRI so get over yourselves losers 10000000000000000000000000% incredible

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  88. beyonce2011

    ok im not understanding how can ppl say keri hilson can’t dance but rihanna can lmfaooo. They do about the same choreography well actually keri hilson does more. but rihanna can dance but keri hilson can’t lmfaoo. delusional

    anyway this was nice performance. she is not the best tho her vocals need to start sounding like her studio voice before she tells shy ronnie to use his outside voice again. but cute performance

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  89. Giamma

    Best performance of the night!!!

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  90. tiffany

    baddd performance

    horrible voice

    how can people spend money to see dat?? it’s a shame………………

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  91. Rose

    I don’t understand how people are saying Rihanna stole Bey’s dance moves. When did Bey own dance moves? As far as I know she too would have copied from those before her. There is nothing specifi invented by her. I feel the need to educate the ignorant. Those dance moves Rihanna put down are seen in our Islands every day and you will definitely see it in our Carnivals.Any Caribbean child can dance like this and Rihanna is one that can and she can even have more expressive body movement but tones it down to suit the sensibilities of the older and much younger ‘International’ audiences. In the Islands we call it dance expression and ‘Wukking Up’ and it’s more African influenced in it’s movements and also the influence of the ‘Reggae – Dancehall’ dances of Jamaica,but you people who don’t understand our way of dancing find it with your ‘pretend self righteous attitude’ to be vulgar. This is where the problem lie.Rihanna can dance this and she also did Ballet.

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  92. Lisa

    Get it gurl!

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  93. Christina

    I like Rihanna, but I’m not a stan. I still seriously don’t understand how you could call that a good performance though. At all. Her voice at the beginning was cringe-inducing. Pretty much throughout the whole thing her voice was not so hot. The dancing was cute, I guess, but she certainly didn’t kill this performance.

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  94. Truth

    This performance should boost her album sales cause LOUD is only projected to sell 180,000 copies this week which is exactly how much Rated R sold last year im shocked. Thats a commercial flop but the album will still go on to sell past platinum. I dont think Rihanna will ever do Big first week numbers ever.

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  95. jk

    @tiffany…i was waitingg for u to hate… what took so long

    @christina…the beginning was the best vocal part of the whole performance…there is no point getting it through to people who OBVIOUSLY DONT LIKE HER…smh

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  96. julian carillo

    estubesti regia rihanna lo maximo eres impresionante yo un fan desde colombia q te ama con todo el corazon

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  97. renaee nae

    since when was 180000 a commerical flop…do your research before you talk

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  98. MB92

    Wow The First Rihanna Performance i actually liked. good job ri ri. her voice still give me a headache

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  99. derek

    to king that”s because beyonce is the best performer of our generation u must not haerd kanyewest bro rihanna needs practice ain”t nobody hating on theat ltalentless girl put them damn southern girls up,there on stage beyonce and ciara now that”s entertainment 4 sho

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  100. Ash3s

    rihanna is not the stereotypical black pop star… she doesn’t dance her ass off.. or she doesn’t have a powerhouse voice
    she is Caribbean.. our style of singing is not power house soul like music..we’re laid back..smooth reggae types
    no we don’t have a very huge hip hop dance movement like the USA …
    Caribbean people aren’t the choreographed type
    we are more the type that let the music determine what we do.. like freestyle
    so don’t expecting no Caribbean artist to go up there and be no damn janet jackson or beyonce or ciara that not our cup of tea

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  101. king

    look derek i am from the U.S virgin islands the one call st.croix and we all love rihanna no one here does not like beyonce or that devil bitch gaga here

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  102. From Tokyo

    @ Ash3s – good point!

    I think it was a good Rihanna performance as her performances go. Stupid ignorant stans always have to compare it to something else – it was a RIHANNA performance, not her doing someone else’s – dang! She is in great shape and good on her for singing herself instead of lip-syncing. And she CAN’T dance all wild and crazy if she’s really singing of course. Some people can’t dance even if they’re lip-syncing…

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  103. Chilly

    wow, this was her best performance yet! she gave lots of energy!

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  104. Rune Sørensen

    she screewd it up!! Rihanna is the best, but when it comes to dancing she was fuck up!!!

    had she get an electric shock or something? because her hair was screewd

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  105. girl u know

    @derek…GO HOOOOME!!!! obviously if she got a standing ovation from a packed arena from the likes of usher and P!NK da girl has talent…stupid haters not realizing that when you been in the industry for 6 years, people are looking way past looks…(see cassie)

    P.S. dont mention ciara name on herr, because rihanna is doing A HELL OF ALOT MORE than ciara is right now so GOOOOOODBYYYYE!!!!!!

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  106. Lisa

    her legz look normal now den da video What’s my name but besides dat GO RIHANNA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  107. whatever

    They said she couldn’t sing (She SANG) They said her weave was whack (She rocked the curls) They said she couldn’t dance (She twerked & grinded) The said she was gettin fat (She toned up) They said she didn’t have an ass (She HAD AN ASS!) ….basically everything they said she couldn’t do or wasn’t , she did & was :D

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  108. tiffany

    she don’t sing

    she TRY to sing(the only sing we here is a duck scream
    )

    and she don’t dance she just move her hips

    and just shakira know do that withouut being ridiculous and boring

    so ………….

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  109. tones

    i think she did good, she didn’t do great, let’s not get cute here people. her vocals were really really good, but her overall performance gets 8/10 from me, i just her choreography was much better though

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  110. Princess Ty

    Love This Performance!!!! She Looks Good, Sounds Good, And Dances Good! She Is Amazing :).

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  111. Basoulini

    ΕΙΝΑΙΙΙΙΙΙΙ γυναικαρα ΤΠΤ αλλο

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