Rihanna Performs on ‘Saturday Night Live’

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Live from New York, it’s Rihanna! The pop superstar returned as the musical guest on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend with host Eli Manning. Dressed in black with a giant spiderweb behind her, she weaved together a medley of “Birthday Cake” and “Talk That Talk” before transforming her look and the stage for her latest dance single “Where Have You Been.” She brought the Middle East to 30 Rock with her Arabian Nights-themed set, which featured some fancy footwork and elaborate costumes.

See her light up the “SNL” stage for the third time.

“Birthday Cake” + “Talk That Talk”

“Where Have You Been”

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114 Comments

  1. :O youMADstayMAD

    first.. ima make you my b*tch!! GREAT JOB Rihanna.

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    HEY RAP-UP Reply:

    @:O youMADstayMAD,

    DEATH TO ANYONE WHO SAYS SHE CAN SING – DANCE OR ENTERTAIN. I REFUSE TO STAND FOR IT! SEVEN YEARS & THE WORLD GET THAT??? SERIOUSLY. RIHANNA WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY FOR HER CHART NUMBERS THAT’S IT. ENTERTAINMENT-WISE??? IN HER OWN AUTO-BIO. KINGB >>>> KESHA {LOL} >>>> RIHANNA {MAYBE}

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    WHOA!!! Reply:

    @HEY RAP-UP, You are sooo funny.You wish death upon people because of their opinion? Which PLANET are you from you evil entity?Stupid TROLL.In return, I wish you drown in tub full of R kelly’s pee.Typical Beyonce’s stan.smdh.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @WHOA!!!, Typical Beyonce Stan ? You don’t know the half of it .

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    WHOA!!! Reply:

    @RealIssh, I don’t need to.There is a published research paper about it.Apparently they are stupid.Case close.Don’t shoot the messenger.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @WHOA!!!, A public paper – lmfao . You’re sad – if my fave didn’t have multiple records of Grammy history , I’d be sad too .

    HEY RAP-UP Reply:

    @WHOA!!!,

    BIRD SHUT-UP! YOU WEAK JUST LIKE THE B**CH YOU DEFEND… SHE CAN’T DO NOTHING ON STAGE, AND YO B**CH-AZZ KNOWS IT. EVEN HER SEX APPEAL WAS OFF. + THE B**CH LIED ABOUT HER HEALTH SO SHE DIDN’T HAVE TO DO DRESS REHERSAL’S WHO DOES THAT? MY FIRST WAS FACTS NOT OPINION’S/ KEEP IT REAL PLEASE, RIH IS DELUDED AS IT IS.

    maya nelson Reply:

    @WHOA!!!, Please stfu, Rihanna fans stay telling people to kill themselves. Sit else where.

    HEY RAP-UP Reply:

    @WHOA!!!,

    WHAT QUEEN DO YOU KNOW THAT HAS BACKING SINGERS/DANCERS THAT CAN PERFORM BETTER THEM? JANET? NO {SINGING, YEAH} – BEYONCE? NO

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    KillBill92 Reply:

    @WHOA!!!, O.

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    Jay Reply:

    @HEY RAP-UP, Lmao it’s too true. It’s sa sad day when your backing singers sound better than you do. I’ve seen her & Beyoncé live & all I’m saying is there is only on Queen. Queen B! FACT!

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  2. ukblaze

    good tbh i feel like if she keeps it up like the dancing and stuff and not just for this era she’ll get better i honestly would rather have this then her runway walk , pose touch pussy and walk to the other side and do it again

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  3. bm.kk

    she slayed you hoes.

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  4. Critic

    Terrible singing + awful dancing = Mediocre performance.

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @Critic, That’s not our fault! Take few classes. They will surely help you.

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    COPTALOR Reply:

    @Critic,

    I’LL PAY TO SEE HER DANCERS! & MANAGEMENT.

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    Nik Reply:

    @Critic, fricking hater dude!

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  5. rihrih

    Rihanna sounds a mess. Imagine how bad she would really sound if she didn’t have that accent to hide behind

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @rihrih, You sound bitter.We can only imagine how ugly inside and out you would look if you didn’t have to hide behind your computer.

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    KillaKilla Reply:

    @Come onnn, Why are u mad.? I agree with rihrih. I LOVE rihanna but she didnt suck… only her live singing did.

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    :) Reply:

    @rihrih, Yet your username is RihRih? Goodbye.

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  6. GQ

    I stan for rihanna but something was up with her mic during parts of talk that talk and BDay Cake 5 stars for facing and band arrangement

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  7. Joshh

    She slayed on Birthday Cake!

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  8. Gino

    …thats it?

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  9. TheLOVE?r

    Irritating guitar… SMH

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  10. mrsotw

    DAMN the show aint even over yet and ya’ll already got the performances posted, Ya’ll should change the name of this site from rap-up to rihanna.com

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  11. Dannee ♥

    The echo was ridiculous!!!! Love her!

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    INCAS Reply:

    @Dannee ♥, I liked her WHYB performance but there was so much echo. Like too much echo on her mic..weird. But still great performance!

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  12. HAHA

    They might as well have had a disabled goat perform. Same quality of entertainment with no finances required

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @HAHA, Soooo you really wanted to perfom for free?Ask them next time.Idon’t think they will deny your request.

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    Popcritic Reply:

    @Come onnn, good one hahahahaaaaaa

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  13. PussyBaldLikeCaillou

    that echo was ridiculous but i have to say rih rih actually look like she gave some fucks out on that stage . cute for her im glad to see a little bit more effort but forreal tho rih rih enough is enough with that mechanical wine . still stan for you tho !

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  14. Willie Beamen

    I love to eat cake

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  15. Ice

    I like the part where she slaps the cake.

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    d Reply:

    @Ice, which time lol. Cuz she did it about a thousand times in five minutes.

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    Joyams Reply:

    @d, LOL

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  16. Joshh

    Her “where have you been” performance was the best!

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  17. Kia

    Terrible! But waht’s New

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  18. steph

    WTF was this mess….

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  19. zania

    I think she did great. The last performance was the best. Good Job Rih.

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  20. GQ

    last performance she slayed

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  21. TheDreamer

    She was average at best. Where Have You Been was better than Birthday Cake and TTT though.

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  22. @nandamedeiros_

    She was doing so good while promoting We Found Love, but now she’s back to the terrible terrible teeeeeeeeeerrible vocals…

    But Where Have You Been routine works so good, I love the eye part, BOOM BOOM BOOM!

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  23. Illmatic

    Good performance of WHYB!

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  24. kiwi

    Not impressed, that’s all I’m gonna say smh

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  25. MH

    I can’t…

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  26. aj

    lol it this the best she can do smh

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @aj, This is the best line you can come up with?

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    bar Reply:

    @Come onnn, is this the best thing u can do with your time? stan for a artist who cant sing for shit lmao hoe sound like a damn dying cat on life support.

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  27. Lady

    She wasnt feeling well…she tweeted on twitter

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  28. Jalin

    Dry, stale, terrible and amateurish. I cannot believe people are praising this, Beyonce and Ciara does miles better, argh they need to comeback.

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @Jalin, But,but, but they never left and yet noone cares about them.Oh the irony.

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    KillaKilla Reply:

    @Come onnn, That’s the point. Our society is so jacked up today that people like Rihanna are known as “Great singers”. She’s a great artist with a great STUDIO voice but people like Beyonce would tear her live vocals apart in a heartbeat. Rihanna would be the perfect total package if she just practiced her live singing more.

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @KillaKilla, feel better now? good !

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Come onnn, Nobody cares about Beyonce ? Lol – How many awards has she JUST won this week ? Thank you .

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    Come onnn Reply:

    @RealIssh, And what was the popular answer to the unkwown sketchy award and the people title?Laughs.Yes ,she became the laughing stock of the industry..So please,tell me how relevant she is today.Bye.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Come onnn: Child die! If anyone is the laughing stock in the industry, it’s Rihanna. TTT has yet to hit the million mark … translation? Even some of you delustional ass stans/fans are tired of her. Maybe if she takes a break for a year but ooops she can’t do that because WE all know her ass would become irrelevant real quick. I mean pussy popping & catchy hooks will only take you so far … there’s always another Kia waiting in the wings. HOWEVER brace yourself because I am going to pay Ri a compliment: her performance for WHYB was good. It was reminicent of the old Ri (Take a Bow, Disturbia) you remember back in the day when she has some self respect.

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @Come onnn, First of all please type a coherent thought. Secondly neither award is sketchy so stop it. As far as laughing stocks, that would be YOUR queen Rihanna & the performance of TTT/Birthday Cake are proof of that. Some of you Ri stans/fans need to get a clue, a hobby and a life. She needs to take a break, she sounds above ALL tired (not to mention bad) but ooops she won’t take a break because she like you knows that her ass will become irrelevant real quick. I mean pussy popping and catchy hooks only go so far … there is ALWAYS a Kia waiting in the wings. However (brace yourselves) I will say the performance for WHYB was good reminicent of the old Ri, you remember back in the day (Take a Bow, SOS, Disturbia) when she had some self respect.

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    WRTW? Reply:

    @Come onnn, the laughing stock of the industry hmmm, she’s the matriarch of the industry, what world do you live in???

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    KaramelKisses Reply:

    @WRTW?, Matriarch of the industry … I love it! But she needs to put on her professor hat & give this child some lessons on how to give a flawless live performance.

    Come onnn Reply:

    @WRTW?,poor tink tink you mad? your queen is no longer relevant . Get over it!!!!!

    RealIssh Reply:

    @Come onnn, You’re very delusional – its scary also . Bosses don’t get “judged” or “laughed” at by u ignorant citizens . We laughing on toilets shytting money .

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  29. Ya'll Harsh

    I thought she did good dance wise with Where Have You Been. As long as she tries, I can’t hate.

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  30. P-Harmonic

    The mic was kinda funky at times and she is sick (see her twitter) but she killed it. I’m impressed she’s been dancing so much.

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  31. reality

    not a good performance she s not able to sing. With no editng her voice is not good

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  32. nuny

    Check out the difference from when Gaga performed on SNL and look at this.

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    really Reply:

    @nuny, We don’t care about caca; we are here for Rihanna. Please go troll somewhere else. Thankyouverymuch.

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    Prettiedove Reply:

    Who is Gaga? Some male or what? Anyways doe we’re here for Queen Rihanna NOT some Gaga dude. Stay mad! @nuny,

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  33. whitechocolate

    The amount of jealousy on this shit is not even comedic. None of you could do what she just did. That was one of her best performances. She’s coming a long way. BYE, stay parched ho.

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    really Reply:

    @whitechocolate, Thank you !

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    KillaKilla Reply:

    @whitechocolate, HELL NO! We Found Love @ the grammys was one of her best performances.

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    Kahari Reply:

    @KillaKilla: I HIGHLY agree. She gave me my life with them vocals. I’ve come to accept that Rihanna is NOT a major vocalist by any means. Her greatness comes in flashes…kinda like the Super Moon or Solar Eclipse. I stopped expecting “a Beyoncé” kind of perform from Rihanna, because she isn’t a vocal trinity. Her vocals are dull, straining and nasally. People need to accept that. LOL!

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    youallarehilarious Reply:

    @KillaKilla, hahaha if you call her 2012 “we found love” performance at the grammys one of her best performances, then you just confirmed that she’s highly over rated and her career is a joke. ive never experienced anyone claiming that rihanna was a good singer or performer lol if anything fans/stans always have an excuse for her bullshit performances

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    Songstress Reply:

    @whitechocolate, I have to agree with you !!!!

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  34. whitechocolate

    The amount of jealousy on this shit is not even comedic. None of you could do what she just did. That was one of her best performances. She’s come a long way. BYE, stay parched ho.

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  35. Heygirl

    her voice so bad..

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  36. Ty

    How could the audience clap to that like wtf her singing was terrible but I can say the dancing she nailed it

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  37. Prettiedove

    Yassssssssss Rihanna!!!!!! You slayed that Where Have You Been performance. I love it when you get these hoes pressedT. Welldone sis, keep stacking up those dollars while they sit and talk that talk. Love you.

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  38. pedro

    she is the best she is the queen
    she is so good she is perfect
    I LOVE riri

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  39. Songstress

    This was like her best performance I’ve seen since she first came out and was really singing. & yeah the jelousy on here is insane…none of these hatters could do what she does but obviously she’s doing something right since she has your attention! Great performance Rihanna !

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  40. BreezyLover

    ILLUMINATI!

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    Rihanna Navy Reply:

    @BreezyLover, YAMOM

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    :) Reply:

    @BreezyLover, Get a life!

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    :) Reply:

    @BreezyLover, I take that back! The “All Seeing Eye” is in the background.

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  41. Kelvin

    loved her performances she seemed a bit off though like her engery was quite as upbeat like usual. she sounded good still.

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  42. #RihannaNAVi

    Boy talk that talk to me all night

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  43. BRANDON

    I love rihanna but her vocals were off but the dancin was good…c’mon Rhi

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  44. HoneyBee

    woooow that was sick!!! WHUB is my favourite song of her

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  46. lol

    the fuck was that

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  47. t

    Lmao what was that? I cant wait for revel so beyonce can show this ho how it’s done. And u rihyodel stans wanna talk about popular opinion. Well everybody was on twitter saying how much she sucks lmao. She will never be on bey level. Hell she cant even touch ciara on stage lmao.

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  48. Brandon Woods

    This was her best performance. She should perform at the Billboard Music Awards.

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  49. ntirenganha t,i

    hey&&
    GREAT JOB Rihanna.

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  50. @TheIndiigo

    If you really think this was a good performance and excellent singing, I feel sorry for you and cannot value your opinion.

    Teeeeee-RASH!

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    me Reply:

    @@TheIndiigo, THANK YOU!

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  51. Veronica

    Where Have You Been performace was amazing. She’s beyond perfection.

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  52. FLYSLY

    mediocre performance. and that’s the truth.

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  53. Dodi

    Great jod Flopianna.

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  54. Elisha

    Where Have You Been performance was AMAZING and those vocals were AMAZING Rihanna you betta get it

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  55. MB92

    I like them both, but that ECHO has to goooooo.

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  56. Kyle

    Rihanna convinces me that the younger generation has been brainwashed into considering what is talent and what’s not. This girl was not meant to perform. She can’t hold a note and it sounds like she is in pain when she even tries. “Birthday Cake” and “Talk That Talk” were embarrassing to watch. “Where Have You Been” was SO MUCH BETTER due to the choreogrpahy but still, her vocals are clearly tweaked when she’s in the recording studio. Her producers better get OVER PAID. She’s beautiful though…NO DENYING THAT.

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  57. Dukes

    YAWWWNNSSS!! Well in other news, I can’t wait to see Beyonce in Atlantic City.

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  58. yuppitsme

    a mess!

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  59. myopinion

    Rihanna is not a vocalist clearly and she is not a dancer. this performamce was the same hot ass mess with her just moving a little more. shes boring. nothing but a pretty face with slutty lyrics!

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  60. saio

    no shy ronnie 3? :-(

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  63. cass

    If you don’t like RIHANNA … THEN WHY LOOK AT ANYTHING ABOUT HER? HATING TOO MUCH.. GO GET ANOTHER HOBBY!

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  64. bar

    CHIIIII ANYONE WHO SAYS THIS WAS GREAT CLEARLY IS EITHER DEAF OR IS JUST OBSESSED WITH HER CROTCH AND LOVES GOATS BECAUSE THIS CHICK WAS BEYOND FKN HORRIBLE LMFAO HER DANCING WAS THE WORST IN (HISTORY) HER VOICE MADE ME WANT TO BREAK MY TV I THINK MY EARS ACTUALLY STARTED BLEEDING AFTER 30SECS O.o THIS SHIT RITE IS WHAT YOU CALL A (GIMMICK) SHE CANT SING FOR SHITTTTTTTTTTT! AND PLEASE TELL HER TO NEVER TRY TO DANCE AGAIN HER BODY IS TOO SKINNY AND HER MOVEMENT ARE UNORIGINAL SHE IS JUST A ALL AROUND BIG ASS MESS! #EPICFAIL.COM

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    @bar, hater hater hater U can rock with the hater

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  65. plus your Time & lvUb

    damn some of yall are Mad as a hater Riri can keep doing her thing

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  66. twocent

    Idk about her dancing and singing it was kinda hard to focus on with all those flashing lights and illuminati symbols

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