Rihanna Closes Out Hackney Weekend with Jay-Z, Fireworks

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After sharing the stage with Jay-Z on Saturday, Rihanna returned to headline her own set at Hackney Weekend in London. Rocking Air Yeezy 2s, a baseball cap, torn fishnet stockings, and black-and-gold sunglasses, the pop star closed out the two-day festival with a spectacular 65-minute performance that featured plenty of hits, an Egyptian-themed stage design, and a surprise appearance from Jay-Z.

The 24-year-old singer and her mentor stood side by side as they launched into “Run This Town,” while Beyoncé and Florence Welch looked on. “This is history…for the first time ever,” said RiRi before the Roc stars performed “Talk That Talk.” Fans waved umbrellas as they continued with their No. 1 hit “Umbrella.”

“Hackney, you fu**ing rock!” said RiRi as fireworks lit up the night sky. “I don’t wanna go. I love you guys so much.”

Watch the explosive conclusion to the jam-packed festival below.

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81 Comments

  1. Carnisha

    Ok Rihanna!

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    edison Reply:

    @Carnisha, its ROC NATION BABY we run this not YMCMB

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  2. Illmatic

    That Rihanna reign just won’t let up! So proud of her!

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    LAURYN Reply:

    @Illmatic,

    YET ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IS BEYONCE GLASTONBURY. REIGN DONE GIVEN AWAY LONG TIME HUNNY!!! SHE HYPE, LIKE NICKI!

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  3. DRB

    Umm why am I hearing Mariah’s Vision of Love intro?

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  4. Whatcha_Sayin

    She worked it!! She slayed LTWYL PT 2, Man Down and Cockiness vocally. And the choreo was good when she went all out. She can be a bit lazy sometimes but she still rocked!

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  5. meme

    rihannas so badass. I love this less sexy/tomboyish new style shes doing. She stay ahead of the pack. love her to bits. myabsolutefav

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @meme, But shes way overated and acts like shes on drugs which is not cool. Other than that she’s cool and makes okay dance music. The only song I really like is birthday cake especially when she says “ooh I wanna f$$$ you rite now…”

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    #RihannaNAVi Reply:

    @brainfood.com, How is she over-rated? Rihanna can do the best performance ever and they’ll still be hoes dissin’

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    LAURYN Reply:

    @#RihannaNAVi,

    COME ON. NO1 AIN’T LOOKING FOR RIH MUSICALLY, JUST FOR WILD ANTICS & CORNY TWITTER RESPONSES!!!

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    #RihannaNAVi Reply:

    @LAURYN, If people weren’t looking for her “musically” then why is she still selling albums/singles/concert tickets ect…?

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    LAURYN Reply:

    @#RihannaNAVi,

    BECAUSE OF HER LOOK, B-TCH!!!

    Beeza Reply:

    @meme, She pretty bur shes not a livesinger!!

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  6. Kyle

    I think Jay-Z definitely added some pizazz to this performance. I watched some of the other performance clips from tonight and I am seriously so disappointed. Rihanna is not a true performer. Anyone can do what she does on that stage. Thrusting your hips and miming to your own song is not a good look for someone of her caliber. Her voice comes off so strained when she is ‘trying’ to hit those notes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch her performance of “S&M” from this show. Embarrassing. I think Jay-Z standing next to her put some pressure on her to actually kick it up a notch. She should bring him out for every performance!

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    brainfood.com Reply:

    @Kyle, Yeah her performances are embarassing. You would think jay would help her become more flexible when they are in their alone time. She need major help or should I say Majar help jajaja

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    Whatcha_Sayin Reply:

    @Kyle, SHE DID NOT MIME. SHE NEVER MIMES! THAT IS ALL!!

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  7. flysly

    EH EH…her vocal…I can’t!

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    Replay Reply:

    @flysly, agree

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    Triniti Reply:

    @flysly, Truth.

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    Julia Reply:

    @flysly, horrible, why is she a singer? She should be model or something like that

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  8. YMCMB!

    one of her best performances ever—RiRi!!!!!!!absolutely love her voice, her crazy self and dont-care/dont-give-a-shit attitude!

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    PinaCuu Reply:

    @YMCMB!, Lol whats going on with you ears?? U should check them, seriously.

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    Prettiedove Reply:

    More like therez ssth wrong with YOUR ears cos Rihanna slayeddd! @PinaCuu,

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    Prettiedove Reply:

    Yassssss she slaaaayed! Queen Rih. @YMCMB!,

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  9. mnm

    Look at her jacket! Satanic. Open your eyes, people.

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  10. Replay

    she is now since years in the music game and she still can’t sing live but you faggots riding on her ass…

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  11. Jay

    Rih and Jay killed it!!! That was so hype! Had me dancing over here! :)

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    Julia Reply:

    @Jay, Yeah Jay killed it!

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  12. Super Man

    Attach an Ass to a Face You get Rihanna….. think about it

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  13. Theirthedevilschildren

    this bitch vocals are awful, thank god Chris dropped this bitch like a bad habbit. She tried to ruin his career but it shows who the real talent is… Chris Breezy. I use to hate Chris for no reason but this gimmick talk about nothing but sex to cover up her bad vocals. I might not like the things Chris do in the public eye but his talents are undeniable I cant say the same for this bitch. Beyonce wouldve murdered that microphone with nothing but vocal rifts and the back up singers would not need to compensate because her voice doesnt lack abilities. Everybody get on Ciara but Ciara is 5x’s the vocal talent of this bitch and gives you great performances all day. Hell Cassie even sounding better live these days. This bitch reign will be over soon. Rita Ora is coming for you chick trust me. Have fun while you can.

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    realist Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, yes tell us how you really feel, you bitter bitc*h! lol riri have you basic bitches balling…no suprise you’re a beyonce stan, go long!

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @realist, Umm – Being a Beyonce Stan & being a bitter bitch doesn’t match up . Atleast not for me .

    Obviously you’re a slow Rihanna fan cuz u won’t admit to the issh that u see . She’s in pain while singing – happy , yes . Love her confidence & allusions , I love it . But she’s straining & near death .

    Accept whatever performance she gives u cuz it won’t get better until u don’t accept it .

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    realist Reply:

    @RealIssh, i will never get why beyonce stan is always on Rihanna’s post, it’s beyond me *chuckles.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @realist, Cuz we know BASIC heaux’s like u , bring up Beyonce’s name . & Vice versa .

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @RealIssh, THANK YOU, THEY BE HERE HYPING HER ASS UP. BREEZY FANS TOLD HIM TO CUT BACK ON THE DANCING AND SING LIVE AND HE DID IT. AS LOMG AS YOU PRAISE THESE ARTIST FOR BAD PERFORMANCES THEY WILL CONTINUE. SHE HAS 6 ALBUMS OUT AND STILL HASNT DEMONSTRATED ANY VOCAL GROWTH WHATSOEVER. IF TOY ASKED ME SHE SANG BETTER BACK THEN, SHE THINK SHE CAN JUST SHOW UP WITH A PEICE OF PANY ON HER ASS AND THATS GONNA MAKE UP FOR HER STRAINING VOCALS. SHE MUST BE SUCKIN JAY Z REAL GOOD CUZ I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW HE PUSHIN THIS BASIC BITCH AND HAD RITA ORA WAITING FOR FOUR YEARS SHELVED AND SHES WAY MORE VOCALLY TALENTED THEN THIS BITCH.

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, Exactly – But the tickets are cheap so they ain’t complaining lol .

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    Who Gonna Check Me Boo Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, PLZ STFU 

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    Ken Barbie Reply:

    @Who Gonna Check Me Boo, No dick you need to stfu asap. My opinion is my opinion. Why the hell does my opinion f*ckin concern you.

    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @realist, I’m not even a Beyonce stan you dumn nitch but I will say this Beyonce murders ther stage each time with flawless vocals and never has to strain her voice, remember hoe she can sing it with Piano lol. Ciara is ultra fucking talented, can dance her ass off, worked hard for her vocal growth and kills this bitch in performances all day whether her albums sell or not. Rita Ora 5x’s the talent was shelved for four years because this bitch Rihanna was getting press and her vocals are awful, live performances are wack if it wasnt for her fashion game, and her talking bout sex on every single track with her thirsty ass nobody would fuck with this bitch.

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    The Realist Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, lol why are you guys so concern about rihanna, quite frankly non of you guys don’t like..nor a fan yet you on here everyday throwing shade just to praise beyonce. erm we get it ,Rihanna killed beyonce career and now you guys are looking for someone to blame hehehe. eat this shit up..you’ll rolling in you’ll sleep at the mere fact that rihanna is running this shit. we appreciate the concern just shows how insecure you guys are!
    *hugs and kisses ..i’ll send you post card…sayonara mothafuckers!

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    Theirthedevilschildren Reply:

    @The Realist, Bitch please with your government food stamp collecting ass I doubt you can afford a post card. When Rihanna sell as many albums as Beyonce has then we can talk. Rihanna only sell singles and top charts but that cuz of the good payola coming from Roc Nation promoting this hoe. Beyonce is the wife of CEO, if she say to shut this hoe program down it can happen easily, trust me.You are bugging. This bajan voodoo performing tramp better count her lucky stars because them vocals are awful. You so blinsited by the gimmick this bitch is that you can hear her vocals making people ears bleed. If Jay wasnt co- signing this voodoo doll nobody would fucks with her. This chick is literally a prostitute instead of a singer with her fishnet stockings and barely existent panties. Get your life together hoe and don’t worry about my opinion. You so thirst to make your girl look good but all she care about is that 10.99 in your pocket for her album. Lets not forget she was selling Rated R for .99 cents just to make it sell with her corny ass. Stop jocking my opinion bitch!

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    realist Reply:

    @Theirthedevilschildren, *chuckles

  14. Nobody wants to say it

    Pity one of those firecrackers didn’t catch the back of this bitch’s head.

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  15. MusicJunkie

    I love RiRi but she’s not a good performer . & those vocals be sounding like they hurt her 0_0 . But she’s very likeable .

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  16. Ggg

    She MUST just make albums NOT live performances…..She cant….

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  17. WHYBhi5

    RIHSUSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. Replay

    She can’t sing and is since years in the music game, gööörl just quit.

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  19. ashgino@gmail.com

    unlike the rest of you dogs, doggin rihanna, i saw a rockstar on that stage… I get it, what all you naysayers say about her vocals (she’s not an RnBstar), what you say about her dancing (she doesn’t dance enuf or she is stiff) blah blah. What she does through her gift of music is solid like a rock. there is so much truth and pain, heart and beauty, fun and cuteness/sunshine she puts out in her performance. I witnessed this, yes, when Jay came out onstage with her. The chemistry/magic Jay brought to her and she shared started at 5:27-6:00. You couldnt’ help but think that in the midst of ChrisBrown & Drake situation, Rihanna’s emotion, confidence, heartbreak, and cuteness was about Chris and Kureche

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  20. ashgino@gmail.com

    and i liked how Jay coached her and was like ohh o and then cosigned at the end.

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  21. Yo

    Ok.. Wtf is she wearing?

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  22. giusbarbi

    I actually liked this performance. JayZ made it special, but Rihanna was not as bad as usual! Love these songs, and finally we got TTT live!

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  23. Lovelyi

    Y’all can sit on this blog and “Talk That Talk” all you want but hate her or love her somebody buying and liking what she selling….she don’t keep breaking records for nothing….money rolling into the bank like crazy lol Get it Rih Rih let the haters keep hating…….

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  24. #RihannaNAVi

    I think this was amazing. The stage was set out perfectly, her vocals have definitely improved and her dancing was great! I loved every single bit of it.

    Can’t wait for the Talk That Talk Tour!

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  25. jsonic3

    she looks too thin. I never seen her as skinny as she is now.

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  26. Swisslifee

    Not gonna say that she’s the best vocalist out there but her live performances have DEFINITELY improved since her career began. Props to RihRih, those were amazing performances

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  27. ilcaba

    can tell those who want but
    I really liked
    too fucking nice
    go riri go riri
    go go
    go riri

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  28. I was there!

    I was in the crowd and before yesterday I used to think she was the worst live singer ever. However, after seeing her I think it is something to do with TV coverage because she was perfectly fine. She sounded like most of her records but you could tell she was live because her adlibs were different and she absolutely killed LTWYL pt 2. The one area she slacked in was the dancing because stayed messing up the steps when she attempted.

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  29. ...

    Props to jay-z

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  30. Billionaire

    I never thought there would be a performance by anyone to match Beyonce’s Glastonburry performance but this sure did! Could feel the hype just by watch via Youtube imagine how this really went down! Next up for Rihanna is the London’s Olympics with Jay-z again cannot wait!!

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    I was there! Reply:

    @Billionaire, I’m sorry but this doesn’t compare to Bey’s Glastonbury performance. Not at all. And just FYI this is the Olympics performance they were doing, this music festival was part of Olympics 2012 festival London is holding throughout the period of the Games but witth different ypes of events

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  31. Sasha

    God I hate her but damn that was great ! compared to her other live perf that was cool!!!! And Jay-Z is so GOOD he’s the best I mean his ” wasssssssuuuup” ♥♥♥

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  32. sabra

    why are some of you hoes on here hatin? let ri do her thing, whether good or bad ALL of you are still checkin for her. ri is havin fun & doing her & livin HER life, some of you should do the same.

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  33. Alicia Thornton

    Dam girl u rock,keep it up:)

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  34. @Jayrican18

    She killed the fuck out of “cockiness”, i was amazed!

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  35. Divine

    Great performance!Iwish I were able to attend.Jay-z rocked the mic as usual…Thumbs up for Team Roc Nation!

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    WOWzer Reply:

    @Divine, THUMBS UP

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  36. @Jayrican18

    She killed “Cockiness” omg!

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    Kyle Reply:

    @@Jayrican18, did she though? She wasn’t even singing it! She was just telling the crowd to “SING THIS SHIT!!!” And her dancers were killing the dance moves more than she was. I love her songs but she needs to work harder at bringing them to life on stage!

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    Prettiedove Reply:

    You sound really gassed cos Rihanna killed it! Even Perez Hilton tweeted abt it. @Kyle,

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  37. Ray

    Ally these Bitches talking but BEYONCE was getting life

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    Prettiedove Reply:

    Lmfaoooo Beyawnce was front row shaking that ass and reaching out to touch Rih’s hands when Rih went her way. Bey was receiving life. @Ray,

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  38. TheDreamer

    She was good when Jay was on stage with her, but she needs some major help on her vocals and dancing. Jay was amazing and bought energy to the stage.

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  39. RihanaNavyRatedR

    everyone up there talking about rihanna but yet i know yall buy her shit 47,571,000 million singles and albums as of 2011 and sold 90 million just from her tour and she still is on top yes her vocals is not that good but she is not bad when she sings like nicki minaj and yes beyonce great vocals but Jennifer Hudson has really really great vocals and when it come to sells Rihanna is on top of Beyonce like i love Bey but 4 album did not sell good

    Rihanna Beat Madonna’s Top 10 Chart Record
    Rih now holds record for solo artist with 20 top 10 singles gained in shortest time on Billboard Hot 100. and beyonce didnt even do that ass you see

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @RihanaNavyRatedR, You’re still not getting the info – Hun . Spelling ur own faves name wrong ? Why ?

    We don’t care what she sells , we’re actually happy for her . We know she has a lot of hits but at the end of the day , she’s not a performer . Don’t get it confused or misconstrued . Rihanna can have 20 top ten hits but having the capability to sing only 3 of them without getting tired is lackluster & worthless .

    Madonna coud probably do her whole show through w/out getting the Rihanna death on stage syndrome . Simple .

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  40. lol-at-haterz

    i must admit. it wasnt a big concert just a ”there” type deal. like you passing by the mall and artists performing. but only ur favorites. she could’ve done better. but she still great at what she does. her mind is not at ease so it was half assed. i’m glad u people doin the job that the media has for u though. which is talking about it

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  41. Prettiedove

    Yasssss Rihanna, gurl OWNED that stage, she rocked it, she slayed and we cud all see it in the way the crowd reacted! She totally killed it! A thousand m’f*ckers can’t tell me nothingggg. And you beystans stay on Rihanna’s thread talking abt vocals when ur fave has a generic ghetto choir singing RnB voice! Who cares about that? Rihanna is a popstar and she is doing her ish like a popstar. She slayed #LTWYL, that pitch is sth your fave(Beyonce) can never do…. That “Rihanna can’t sing” line is washed up just like “beyonce writes her songs” line is wahed up. Loool. While ya’all stay here talking that talk my gurl Rih is doing her thing, gaining millions of fans and getting money! Getting paper! Getting poundssss. Rihanna > beyonce. Stay MAD.

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    Pierre Reply:

    @Prettiedove, haha I love you !

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  42. king AB and C

    after all these years her vocals did not even upgraded a lil bit?? wtf, but her stage presence was amazing!!

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