Video: Rihanna Performs ‘California King Bed’ on ‘American Idol’

One year after her first appearance, Rihanna returned to “American Idol” to perform “California King Bed,” the latest single from her album Loud. RiRi was originally planning to sing her chart-topper “S&M,” but decided to tone it down for the show’s family-friendly audience. She kept her word, keeping it classy in a floor-length gown and curly red hair as she commanded the stage.

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93 Comments

  1. @fe_burgs

    Rihanna looks like a DREAMGIRL hahuahuahuahuahuahu

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  2. Dee

    underwhelming….and my ears hurt

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    joshj Reply:

    @Dee, hush yuh stink cunt…. u know that was gonna happen but yet u bring ur dumb ass here to listen…bitch bye!!!!

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    nayeb Reply:

    @Dee, shut your fucking mouth because i dont think you can do any better . stupid bitch

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    brianrebl Reply:

    @Dee, move ya cunt… bitch you deaf dumb.. old hag

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    JustinKeith Reply:

    @Dee, i agree!

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  3. kylerspre

    ok

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  4. Imabeast86

    Aww that’s cute.

    Haters are ALWAYS the first ones to watch a video or performance. #Truefans!

    Rihanna did her thing.

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    joshj Reply:

    @Imabeast86, haters so sad eh…. i can’t with them….

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    Barbie Reply:

    @Imabeast86, This is not hate..its truth..she cant sing live..This aint no secret.

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    joshj Reply:

    @Barbie, Yo hush yuh cunt and go read a book, why u here if u know she can’t sing??? dumb CUNT!

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    brianrebl Reply:

    @Barbie, move ya cunt… bitch you deaf dumb.. old hag

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    Imabeast86 Reply:

    @Barbie, well the general consensus says you’re wrong lol. You’re entitled to your opinion though. Gotta respect that, right?

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    Rihannastann! Reply:

    @Imabeast86, Lol agreeeee 100%so fuxxin lame! And they know damn well they all liked it,hate to admit it buts ok..cuz RIHANNA NAVY WILL STAN HARD be lee dat

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  5. mal

    hhhhhhmmm shes been practicing!

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  6. The truth

    She sounded great. She does have a great voice idk people say she cant sing live

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  7. LEB

    She sounded great but I don’t really care for that song.

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  8. Leona

    She CANT sing..just studio affect..oh dear

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    vvvalente Reply:

    @Leona, shut up cunt :)

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    vern0 Reply:

    @Leona, she sounded just like the actual song stfu

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    brianrebl Reply:

    @Leona, move ya cunt… bitch you deaf dumb.. old hag

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    Cameo Reply:

    @Leona, If she couldn’t sing she wouldn’t be an international pop sensation for the last 6 years… what have you done with your life? Underachieve in school and in men?

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    Jules Reply:

    @Leona, She’s not in a studio my dear. lol

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  9. Dee

    ….ithink of all the stuff she says….it must be fake swag cause she comes off like a kid here….nothing in that soul…….

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    fenty gabriel. Reply:

    @Dee, you are a jerk damn you fuck you riri the best .

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  10. Dee

    ….”her eyes were dead …like she has no soul….”

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  11. Kwayzee

    RIHANNA NAVY !!!!!!!!!

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  12. DruChaos

    Rihanna, this SLAYAGE, iCant. Bitches are PRESSED. it was everything. VOCALS, OUTFIT, HAIR, THEATRICS. EVERYTHING, was EVERYTHING. I am SOOOOOOO PROUD. WERQ RIHSUS.

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  13. vern0

    she loooked great . sounded really good. kinda boring but still a good performance.

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  14. love riri

    Rihanna so proud of you….it was amazing can’t wait to see u on tour

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  15. Giamma

    WOW

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  16. back2basics

    riri sounded great

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  17. Giamma

    WHO RUNS THIS SH*T? MY GAL RIHANNA DOES!!!

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  18. double c

    cool performance love the dress and the hair and she hit that note

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  19. laura

    she changed her hair..cos she knows ppl will only talking about her hair..dammn..waiting for justice to stop this girl..She can NOT sing FACT

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  20. hov

    damn she always sound like shit. why did i sign her again, oh yea she marketable thats it.

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    MSMIMIDAFABULOUSBOOO(realhoe) Reply:

    @hov, SHUT YO FAKE ASS UP NIGGA RIH RIH DID HER THANG AND DA REAL HOV WOULD SEE DAT BIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTTTCCCCCCCCCCCCCHHHH GET LOUD HOE!!!!!!!!!!!1 FUCK I LOOK LIKE HOE LOOK LIKE YES AND U LOOK LIKE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  21. KB

    Amazing Fans Hating Cause she keep #winning F*ck you Non-MotherF**kers!

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  22. bebe/jayfannn

    she did alrite butt wouldnt gav her a stndn o nope i really didnt hear chit!!!

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  23. WoahLover

    Rihanna did that!!!

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  24. Fiona Flower

    I am neither a naysayer or a fan of rihanna, so I think I have credibility when I say she sounded: AMAAAAziNG!!!!

    This live performance shows that she CAN sing…and that’s FACT!

    Rihanna fans don’t pay attention to haters cuz they do what there called.

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  25. Lawrence

    Surprisingly good for her. Better than usual, it’s good to see some progress in her vocal techniques!

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  26. jackie

    well done,,,,great Performance..magnifique xoxxxxxx

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  27. Fiona Flower

    When you don’t like someone its really hard for them to compliment them when that compliment is OBVIOUS!

    That is why the people up hear are saying she can’t sing, not because its true cuz if you listen its obvious she can, its because they never liked her in the first place! That’s why their opinion isn’t credible

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    jackie Reply:

    @Fiona Flower, you got that right….so true

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  28. Vinny

    I’m a Ri-Ri fan and I really like her music. But she cannot sing live to save her life.

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    meme Reply:

    @Vinny, wat is ur opinion of singing live? becuz she sounds identical to the record. And she always does. She didnt miss one note in this performance. So what does she have to do to make it a good live performance in ur opinion? I dnt get it

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    Vinny Reply:

    @meme, it’s not that her notes are off. it’s her tone. when she sings live, it’s more of a yodel. look at this way. you have singers like Ciara: sounds bad in and out of studio. sells no records or concert tix. Rihanna: Good in, bad out. sells records, no tix. Beyonce: Good in and out. sells records and tix. it’s simple.

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    fenty gabriel franco. Reply:

    vinny you a fake just like beyonce is hate you both till i die robyn fenty rihanna is beauty and hot. Beyonce a devil servant and a jerk.

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  29. denzel

    she has improved in her vocals

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  30. X

    Don’t get it … she sounded good to me :s

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  31. eurogirl

    rihanna did good, her voice. i still dont like her stagepresence.but maybe in time this will get better also.

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  32. yes

    Rihanna sounded good! The haters don’t stop her blessings, they only prevent themselves from shining!

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  33. Rihanna Rules!!

    Loved the performance. She looked beautiful. Haters are going to hate and for most of them it is a full time job. They are just insecure people. Oh and I loved that twitter was loving her performance. I even saw a few complimentary tweets from people that were in the audience. Good job Rih.

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  34. Demmi

    I don’t understand why their is an argument needed with and artist that have 9 #1 have sold out 9 o2 arenas and continue to give amazing shows…If they can’t see for the hate in their eyes it is their loss and their problem.

    Just let them be it is obvious that the tighter they hold on to their illusions about Rihanna’s abilities the tighter it is drawing around their heads, but the choice to live in the world they have made up is theirs just leave the haters alone they need to hold on to something.

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    oso_jo_ro Reply:

    @Demmi, IA!

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  35. Brandon

    She sounded great, like really good! I am a fan but not bias If she sounded shyty i would say but that wasn’t the case tonight, amazing!

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  36. love90210

    Rihanna sounded good trust me, if she did bad i would have no problem saying so..

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  37. say what

    she looked great & sounded great the stage setting and her dancers was all on point.

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  38. say what

    huh its funny how the lames tries to type away to try and prove that riri is not a power house performer.rihanna showed up and showed out on idol.

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    who Gonna Check Me Boo Reply:

    @say what, … Yes Indeed! Lol

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  39. yoooo

    the song kind of sounds like like a boy. She’s actually in tune and trust me im the first one to call a pop star for sounding like shit. Especially her. She’s got a fight in her that I like but the standard for quality material is at an all time low. And although she can sing she is by no means a SANGER. Real talk.

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  40. say what

    riri has to be a strong woman to live her life entertain the masses and then put up
    with all of the negativity directed toward her day in and day out.

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  41. say what

    riri just keep doing you and keep putting
    a boot to all haters behinds.keep showing them
    that actions speaks louder than words. and HATERS know this that the harder you try to
    DEFAME rihanna the bigger & brighter her star will shine.

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  42. Brill

    I’m not a rihanna fan at all but you gotta admit she improved her vocals. Beyonce/Rihanna are on the same level…real talk. Beyonce is not an amazing vocalist.

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    Vinny Reply:

    @Brill, come on back to Earth sweetie. We miss you. You can say alot of bad shit about Beyonce but you cannot say that she isn’t vocally phenomenal. Period.

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    Neickha Reply:

    @Brill, Wow never thought I would see someone say that “Beyonce is not an amazing vocalist” wow…

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    Brill Reply:

    @Neickha, They are WAY better vocalists than beyonce, that’s what i meant. She’s good but NOT amazing. The problem is that the mass only knows beyonce and the other shitty pop tarts so yeah when they compare, of course she’s better. Get some musical culture. Bye.

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    Vinny Reply:

    @Brill, there are better vocalists that Beyonce, no argument there. But that doesn’t mean she isn’t phenomenal. 16 grammys don’t lie. To argue that Rihanna is a true vocalist shows you have no musical culture.

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    Brill Reply:

    @Brill, What i mean is that Rihanna is not THAT far of beyonce’s overrated vocals. Beyonce is better of course, but it’s not all that. come on.

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    Brill Reply:

    @Vinny, and to be honest, Rihanna has better songs than Bee. Period.

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  43. Fan Ov A Fan

    OMG rihanna you have defiantly improved on your vocals ! :O

    and that performance was great ! im proud to say that imma rihanna fan (: and i LOVE that song ! it was in my head all day and it still is :D

    but every time i reach out my fingerrrrssss, it seems like more then distance between usssssssssss… IN THIS CALIFORNIA KING BED, WHERE TEN THOUSAND MILES APART. I’VE BEEN CALIFORNIA WISHING ON THESE STARS FOR YOUR HEART, FOR ME, MY CALIFORNIA KINNG ! (sorry just had to break out lol)

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  44. oso_jo_ro

    Wow she nailed it…
    she really can sing this era…I’m LOVING IT

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  45. say what

    every one can relate to that california king bed.
    after all theres a real ckb.i love a confidence
    sharp booty mega star that does her thing and does not need are wait for other to define her.
    the more people tries to talk her down the harder she digs in on her career journey.riri
    is breaking records and making history. shes a artist of the century & shes a artist of the decade & that in itself speaks VOLUMES as to where shes headed, in her career.

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  46. say what

    sexy, stylish, sultry, talented
    and incredibly alluring!

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  47. who Gonna Check Me Boo

    OMG …Show sounded good… I love some Rih

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  48. Naya

    Lmfao everyone is saying she pre recorded her vocals and was lip syncing lmfao she probably was why the camera moved far out from her face when she hit the high notes

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  49. KGDC

    She really sounded terrible. My wife and I cringed, then fast forwarded through the song… or whatever that yodling fit was. She looked good though. Even Casey could have probably sung that song better than she could. *brrrr*

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  50. say what

    @ the loosers you have a right to serve up what ever you want on your menue at your HATE ON RIHANNA PARTIES.

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  51. say what

    why haters talks crap
    rihanna is criss-crossing the map
    jealously & insecurties will keep you on meds
    because rihanna has gone to your heads
    so do what the dr. says and stay in bed
    let RIHANNA keep bring change
    shes a power house in the game
    many of you need to learn how to deal
    stot griping, hating and be for REAL!

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  52. say what

    STOP GRIPING, HATING AND BE FOR REAL!

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  53. Jordan

    AMAZING !! I close my eyes and listen, it is brillant babe.

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  54. Neickha

    Great performance!

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  55. stace face

    I loved it. She has def been working on her vocals. Nice JOb Rihanna. The best performance I’ve EVER seen her do!

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  56. Lexx_Janay

    somebody has be practicing…you can def tell the difference! she had a solid performance!

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  57. Forevergo

    I watched the performance and she sounded okay. nothing to stand up for. I was surprise to see her have on clothes though but then it is AI so she had to cover up. I think with so many negative comments being posted everywhere about her singing they must have brought in a voice coach especially after some white girl outsang you on your own song. With so much negative feed back on her nasty stage act and voice I think they decided the public was turning against her and changed tactics. I hope she improves on her stage presence and keep the voice coach because she still in need of it.

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  58. KGDC

    If the worst thing I can be called is a hater?.. or whatever low brow term you use?

    Cool.

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  59. Tony

    I was expecting this to be horrible Rihanna this was a good performance I see allot of growth in her voice.

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  60. arnica

    this was thee best performance of her

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  61. A Baby

    Proud of her that was a good performance…improvement for sure. I mean I dont expect her to evr get to queen b or gaga level as far as performing goes but that was good for her level definately

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  62. Lovely Nicole

    That’s the best I ever hear her. I mean I ALWAYS cringe when I heard Rihanna is getting ready to perform but this was pretty good. I mean she still needs to work on her stage presence but it was an all around okay performance (not really worth the standing O though). Claps for Rihanna.

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  63. sleazy

    THE THING IS THIS RIHANNA CANT SING. BEYONCE. LADY GAGA. WHITNEY. MARIAH THATS SINGING NT THIS.

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  64. stacey camille

    I don’t even have to listen to this video and I know Rihanna can’t sing. She can’t perform. She is a horrible entertainer. The only thing going for her is her looks and the hits that producers give to her!

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