Rihanna Performs ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Stay’ on ‘SNL’

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Rihanna returned to “SNL” for the fourth time as musical guest this weekend. Wearing an oversized camouflage jacket, camouflage camisole, and Timberlands, the pop princess delivered the first televised performance of her hit single “Diamonds” using a green screen backdrop. As computer graphics of peace signs, palm trees, and planets flashed across the stage, RiRi belted out the epic tune.

For her second performance, she debuted “Stay,” one of the cuts off her new album Unapologetic, which features Mikky Ekko. Paying homage to her idol Bob Marley with her dress, RiRi put her voice on display during the simple set.

Watch both performances below.

“Diamonds”

“Stay”

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129 Comments

  1. CB_Lovah

    Yas, slay bitch!

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    My name is oo Reply:

    @CB_Lovah, Boring.

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    OMG Reply:

    @My name is oo,
    But yeeeeet you sat there and watch every second.
    Interesting!

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    dexlovesrih Reply:

    @My name is oo, lol..some of yall kill me on this coment board..but ok..anyway my fav ate STAY alive..which gives me confidence that ppl will be shutting the complete fuck up when they hear how much she’s grown vocally…anyway continue to win slayanna..NAVI will alwayssssssssssssss support! that rihanna reign though>>>>>>>>>

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    bm.kk Reply:

    @My name is oo, pretty sure she snatched your favs wig on both performance have a seat. preferably in the back so no one can see your troll face. Bye.

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    YouMad?stfu&buy carpe diem Reply:

    @bm.kk, rotflmao they mad because they fave could never!! #slayanna bish!

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    Love_lost Reply:

    Such bad weave! I love her though.

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @CB_Lovah, THE 2ND PERFORMANCE WAS BEAUTIFUL

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  2. justdr

    …A surprisingly decent performance.

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    ABBY Reply:

    @justdr, Surprisingly? Bye..you been a fan

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  3. Isaac.

    Loved it. But I thought she was going to perform a new song from Unapologetic too.

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    B Reply:

    @Isaac., She is

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    Isaac. Reply:

    @B, Yesss !! Really. She’s gon slay I can’t wait

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    Jay Scorpio Reply:

    @Isaac., STAY is a new song clearly u dont know what’s on the album SMDH!!!

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  4. Elijah

    She sounded really good, the background confused me though felt as if I were high

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  5. Patrick Nascimento

    perfect bichth u.u

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  6. Bri

    What the hell was that? She is since years in the music scene and she still can’t sing perfect live… mess.

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    My name is oo Reply:

    @Bri,

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    ebony Reply:

    @Bri, Yall hating because clearly the girl did really good. I just cant see how Yall cant give her props and move the fucks on!

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    YouMad?stfu&buy carpe diem Reply:

    @Bri, i dont think you really even watched it because she sounded totally different and great actually but hey its your opinion.

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    ABBY Reply:

    @Bri, oh…obviously you cant hear good, get your ears checked nigga.

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    jump Reply:

    @Bri, lmaoo you know what…im convinced this all apart of some like secret agency where we say the COMPLETE opposite of something right in front of our eyes….like did you purposely try to convince yourself this or did just not watch the vid…its kinda funny tho

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    BITCHESSTAYPRESSED Reply:

    @Bri, Bitch get off that crack and open your ears!!

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  7. Go Riri

    SLAaaaaayyyy she gave vocals downnnnnnneeee. So HYPE #UNAPOLOGETIC november 19

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  8. Music Lover

    just garbage, I’m sry

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    numb Reply:

    @Music Lover, like u pure trash! hating on dat girl for nothing. She did well.

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  9. My name is oo

    I prefer watching tom & jerry.

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    phuckilooklikehoe Reply:

    @My name is oo, that explaind why you dont have good judgement!

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    allove Reply:

    @My name is oo, lil girl how did you find your way to this site…run along

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    meme Reply:

    @allove, im rolling in the deep, lmfao too funny

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  10. sabra

    she sounded good, those bg effects were a little distracting lol but she sounded fine

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  11. Martha

    thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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  12. B

    Was real nice

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  13. meme

    i want one bitch come on here and say something about this performance. Her vocals were on fukin point, almost better than the track.

    And I absolutely love her outfit. Mixing the classic hair and makeup with hard tims and that oversize jacket was epic. They aint seeing her.

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    Isaac. Reply:

    @meme, Exactly !!!! They love to hate on her.

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    MmmHmm Reply:

    @meme, YOU MUST BE DEAF!!! YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE MUSIC WORLD! CHECK YOURSELF!

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    Stop! Reply:

    @meme, fuck her

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  14. Drippin

    Really good peformance. . . . Finally. She could of at least look like a diamond, first time she doesnt look at flawless as usual

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    ABBY Reply:

    @Drippin, She always looks FLAWLESS!

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    Haters Stay Pressed!! Reply:

    @ABBY, No she doesn’t. She looks a fucking mess here! Like a bum off the streets. She needs to take that awful weave out! She looks better with the short hair.

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    chianne Reply:

    @Drippin, She didn’t look flawless, she looked different. More low-key, edgy/funky. The songs less slutty too. Seems she’s turning a corner – she got her dude back and free to be herself.

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  15. Ramon

    Well, it was one of her better performances … I’ll give her that. She still bad tho lol

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    BITCHESSTAYPRESSED Reply:

    @Ramon, Girl bye you been a fan

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    Ramon Reply:

    @BITCHESSTAYPRESSED, I’ve been in school, learning proper English. K, thanks, bye, hoe.

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  16. $

    Boring, basic, mess
    she is fading
    UNAPOLOGETIC GONNA FLOP HARD
    trash

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    whatttttt!!! Reply:

    @$, go check dem unapologetic stats doe lol she already outselling albums dat are already out.

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    ABBY Reply:

    @$, Lol you Dumb as fuck..Unapologetic is already slaying the charts & it didnt even come out….

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  17. UNKNOWN

    Rihanna did a good job on the vocals for Diamonds live. I’m proud of her with that, but she needs to learn how to relax when she performs. She seemed a little intoxicated or high. I don’t know but she did good for her performing diamonds live for the first time.

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  18. P

    WTF WAS THIS MESS?!! BEYONCE WAS PREGNANT AND DID WAAAAAAAY MORE THAN THIS HOT MESS. AND WHERE IS HER PANTS? LOOKING LIKE A HITCH HIKING CRACKWHORE.

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    $ Reply:

    @P, +1 tbh.

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    Neysie Reply:

    @P, why do you feel the need to bring Bey on here . This is strictly about rihanna. If you want to hate – Please Move. Go listen or watch BEYONCE then damn.

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    TeamBeyKimJay Reply:

    @P, lol Im a fan of Bey but if Rih is so bad of a singer why is she the one with 16 #1 hits??? she did good Rih and Bey are not on the same singing level but Bey dont have that Mariah Whitney Jennifer Hudson voice ect. so just stop ok

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    No ma'am. Reply:

    @TeamBeyKimJay, Well unfortunately in music right now, You don’t have to be a great singer to have #1 hits. That’s why music has catchy beats and lyrics, that’s what fans are for. I don’t think she is the best singer, but I like her songs because they are always catchy.

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    Kinda true Reply:

    @No ma’am., Taylor Swift GREAT example of that.

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  19. $

    EW MY EARS BLEEDING

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    ABBY Reply:

    @$, MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET YOUR EARS CHECKED.

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  20. N

    I’m shocked. Good job rih but it was boring .

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    ABBY Reply:

    @N, WTF DID YOU EXPECT HER TO BE ACTING RATCHET AND DANCING TO A SLOW SONG? BYE…

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  21. MmmHmm

    o_O WTF WAS THAT?! SHE LOOKED GOOD, HOEVER HER “SINGING” WAS ATROCIOUS!!! UGH! COMPUTER MADE ARTIST!

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    monopoly $$$ Reply:

    @MmmHmm, indenial.

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    MmmHmm Reply:

    @monopoly $$$, THATS ALL YOU!

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    BITCHESSTAYPRESSED Reply:

    @MmmHmm, Bitch go back to grade school and learn how to spell.

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  22. J

    Based on these comments I can tell you all did not bother watching the video. Your sole purpose was to come here and say something negative. If you had taken the time to watch the video you would have seen that Rihanna sang absolutely beautifully. Her vocals were on point. Any negative comments proves you are nothing more than bitter, unhappy, hater.

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    MmmHmm Reply:

    @J, YOU ARE DELUSIONAL. YOU MUST BE 1 OF HER STANS WHO WILL PAY THE $250.00 FOR THE PLATINUM PACKAGE…HAVE A SEAT _/

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    allove Reply:

    @MmmHmm, funny how you would know that without visiting her site…..

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    MmmHmm Reply:

    @allove, OF COURSE I DID YOU DUMB ASS! IM A FAN THAT KEEPS IT REAL W/HER! THIS SUCKED. IM NOT ON HER D LIKE ALL OF YOU ARE, SHE DOESNT PAY ME TO DO THAT! HAVE A SEAT _/

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    BITCHESSTAYPRESSED Reply:

    @allove, DEAD!! all these fucking haters stay pressed as fuck.They know more then the stans do.

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    COURT Reply:

    @J, THANK YOU

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  23. TeamBeyKimJay

    Its funny how yall come at Rih she killed it her voice what who knew she had it go and Im buying it and to you haters fuck yall go Rih

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  24. Gggrrriiisss

    A vision of essstasi….that’s what I heard, idk bout you guys

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  25. ebony

    Nice job rihanna.

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  26. UNKNOWN

    GIRL YOU DID THAT SHIT THE GROWN AND SEXY ASS RIHANNA YOU BETTA SING THAT SHIT. I AM JUST BLOWN AWAY BY THAT PERFORMANCE GIRL YOU GOT ME HERE CRYING I’VE BEEN ROOTING FOR YOU RIH AND YOU DID IT GIRL YOU JUST PROVED ALL THE HATERS WRONG I LOVE YOUR VOICE. KEEP IT UP RIH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. TeamBeyKimJay

    Now the song Stay showed that Rih has a voice like she got me in tears cause people always say she cant sing smfh I love you Rih like forreal she is the Queen btw I know stay is for Chris lmao btw yall can keep hating cause thats why she the one with 16 #1 hits and she only 24 when she get 30 just think about how many #1 hits she will have

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  28. EBONY

    i love how much yall hating. She did good but rapup keep blocking my comments so yall probably wont see this one

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  29. EBONY

    She did a great job very proud of her so plz stop bringing up beyonce the flop who aint sold a hot record in a year in a half and 4 flopped. Rihannas unapologetic is #6 on itunes just off preorders could your fave ever??? oh and diamonds is #2 on hot 100

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  30. Me

    Y’all are pathetic. She sounded amazing its not boring! Boring is watching Adele’s fat ass stay seated for an hour n a half singing depression songs! Rihanna is singing a balled, she sang Great! She stood still and slated & You will DEAL!

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    YouMad?stfu&buy carpe diem Reply:

    @Me, agreed lol they will find anything to hate her for.

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    Raj Reply:

    @Me, Adele is boring? You know nothing about music. And the word is ‘BALLAD,’ dumbass.

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    chianne Reply:

    @Me, Everyone has different tastes and opinions. Just say yours and don’t waste breath jumping on others. I’m a major Rih fan, but i did think Diamonds was a bit boring. Its a SUPER DOPE video tho!!

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  31. zenith

    She sounded on point just like the victoria secret fashion show! she has vocally grown.

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  32. ABBY

    YAS RIH YOU KILLED THIS SHIT. VOCALSSSS ARE ON POINT!!!!!

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  33. Me

    She slayed!!!!!& you will ALL DEAL & witness her greatness she ain’t going no where! Suck it up and get over it. she won & will continue to. You can all take several seats Tbh. stay is a beautiful song & I felt it!

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  34. YouMad?stfu&buy carpe diem

    as rihanna said she is gone have her happy ending so keep bashing her she still gone be the #1 female pop/r&b artist with killer ft’s! go check her stats! Anywho her voice was very smooth .i loved it

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  35. ABBY

    WHY ARE YALL HATING? OBVIOUSLY YOU BEEN A FAN BECAUSE YOU WOULD OF NEVER CLICKED THE VIDEO

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  36. Radical X

    @MmmHmm, You hate on Rihanna on every post. Both performances she sounded exactly like the song. Her singing was “atrocious”? Stop reaching.

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  37. RihannaNavyElite

    Rihanna killed slayed!!!! Stay

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  38. calvin turner

    her fans get so up in a bunch over what others say, its so apparent that she did a terrific job that its odd that ppl are saying the COMPLETE opposite but i suppose the pharse (and i hate this phrase but f*ck it) “Haters”…because you can’t possibly say that was a horrible performance…

    …i mean that “stay” song? how could you not feel her emotions with that song…

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  39. sonja

    somebody PLEASE show me where she sounded horrible…im like really intrigued

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    aquarius Reply:

    @sonja, she didnt…ppl dont like her so they say things like that…its common

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  40. EBONY

    that why nobody comes to this site yall delete ppl comments lol back to necole bitchie! it was 55 comments on her now its 36 hmm where they go @rapup i took pictures to im gonna expose yall blog. lames!

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  41. Rihanna Biggest Fan

    RIHANNA SUNG STAYYYYYYYYYYY ;)

    I

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  42. Tony B

    The life, passion, and vulnerability that packed her vocals on “STAY” was impeccable.

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  43. 2XCL

    Whenever she sings a fast or upbeat song, people want to say she cant sing. Then they get mad when she sings slower songs and she shows her vocal abilities. Why the hate. This chick just gave back to hurricane sandy victims. #PHUCKYOFAVES

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  44. happy

    Very good I love the way she is growing up into a beautiful woman inside and out good job I could really feel her with the stay song and yes she is killing the diamond song I wish her the best with the new album.

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  45. WayneRules2012

    Lol this wack song still at #3 on itunes after her SNL performance??! If this song was slaying it would have gone #1 on itunes already

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    NOLA Navy Reply:

    @WayneRules2012, Check Itunes. It is #1 #staypressed lol

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  46. mumi

    Rih was stunning and there is absolutely NOTHING to criticize on that performance! She blew it up.

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  47. THEDON

    Rihanna did great on both performances. Watch how UNPOLOGETIC will outsell Nicki Minaj’s RE-UP Garbage.

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    cass Reply:

    @THEDON, This is why black people can never get nowhere. I LOVE some of Nicki’s music..and then some of it is too crazy. I still don’t throw shade though because she is doing her and is successful. I do think Unapologetic will sell more though. The Re-Up is basically the same album…but the Barbz will support their Queen.

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    Diego Reply:

    @THEDON, Why do u think this please realize that when an album is re released it really dosent get the same amount of sales a regular album
    Gets u actin like this is a new nicki album re releases might do 50,000 if that just to add to the previous album sales rihanah has a new studio album please don’t compare cause rhi will do more it’s not rocket science damn lol

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  48. Neickha

    Great performances :) The guy playing the piano looked like big pat lol.

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  49. Xavier

    I’m not buying the album, but I like “Stay” a lot more than “Diamonds.” Her vocals were pretty good, which was surprising.

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    Jake Reply:

    @Xavier, lol truuuuuu

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  50. Diego

    Most overrated chick in the game that’s all

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    True Story Reply:

    @Diego, overrated for a good reason though. Chick deserves it she works her ass off

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    zack Reply:

    @Diego, overrated? No. She backs her shit up. Unlock nicki miss ohhh I had a pop hit lemme switch to pop cuz my rapping sucks minaj.

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  51. True Story

    Rihanna is so freakin talented that Stay performance was EVERYTHING.

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  52. Love

    It’s an ok performance, but she lacked energy.

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    Love Reply:

    @Love, I meant “And she lacked energy”

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  53. mumi

    Lol… 4 most read stories on rap-up are all about Rih! She is winning soooo hard right now!

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  54. zack

    Amazing. She was feeling every damn word of that Stay performance and that bridge…so epic. >>>>>>>

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  55. ME

    Ppl can say what they want, But her vocals for both of these performances were amazing…Very impressed!…Go Robyn

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  56. Eder

    COm 7 discos ela ainda está evoluindo vocalmente? Ridiculo! E ocupando o lugar de alguem como Amerie, Tearra Mary, Christina Milian só porque teve a sorte de trepar com o cara certo! Isso é a Rihanna!

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  57. TRP

    There is no denying that she sounded damn good singing “Stay”, best live vocals I’ve heard from her ever!

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  58. THE MALEZ

    i dont even like Rihanna but i will be buying this album. She is slaying me this era and STAY had me in tears…

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  59. Msv

    Stop hatin’!!! She did that!! Slayed that!!! Give a person props when it’s deserved despite other actions/beliefs you disagree with. She has definetly grown as an artist.

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  60. Kayla

    Both performances were great!! I’ve been very impressed with her live performances recently. She has gotten better.

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  61. Flame

    Everyone’s comments keeps me on my toes….lets me know the world is becoming overpopulated with HATERS. The woman sang Bomb live and didn’t miss a note. She looked flawless, and for all who watched it….what made you watch it to the end if it was such pure garbage as you call it? SMH….

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  62. cherokee

    Stay moved me. Such a beautiful, heartfelt performance.

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  63. flysly

    She has grown so much vocally.

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  64. Chet

    M.I.A. did those background effects for her XXXO video way back two years ago and now all these folks are just now catching on SMH.

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  65. K_I_K

    THIS WAS PATHETIC BITCH WHAT ARE U LIKE 35YO AND STILL SOUNDING HORRIBLE LIVE? AFTER 7 YEARS IN THE GAME WITH FLOP ALBUMS BACK TO BACK? SHOULDNT THAT ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO TAKE SOME DAMN VOCALS LESSONG SMH SOUNDING LIKE A DAMN GOAT #TRAGIC AND FOR THE DUMBASSES SAYING SHE SOUNDED GOOD BITCH HAVE THEM TURN OFF THE BACK TRACKING AND WATCH U ONLY SEE THIS HERPES IN THE LIP HOE LIPS MOVING WITH NO SOUND. EPICFAIL SHES A FLOP JUST LIKE HER ALBUM LMAO @ THEM SAYING GO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS LIKE THEY SAID WIT THE LAST 2 ALBUM BUT YET FAILED TO DEBUT @ #1 AND CHART WELL AT ALL. #3WEEKSANDPOOFOUTOFTHETOP10

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  66. whatever

    @k_I_k u mad ? Because I know rihanana is saying she’s ray Charles to your bull shit worth 72 million and climbing don’t have to ask a dude 4 shit. If u don’t like her don’t listen to her music I 4 one thought she sound very good and will only get better with age she’s only 24 and has done more the people twice her age as 4 u haters u need to take a seat.

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  67. awfulvocalslol

    Her vocals are atrocious as usual. Seriously without a machine you see this chick for the overrated gimmick that she is, sales dont equal talent andd thats what you people need to get through your thick skulls.

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  68. kaykay

    she got so many people hatin on her right now and I see why …. she is doing a good job at what she is doing good job RiRi this performance is really good :) hate when peope hate on her and Nicki

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  69. Jay

    My girl Rihanna killed the other night on SNL!!!! I can’t get enough of Diamonds and I really like the new song Stay!! Stay is so different than anything that I’ve heard her do. Can’t wait to get this album!!! :)

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  70. Queen azealia

    Don’t come for Azealia’s cheap music video look.

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  71. Wow

    I had to hear stay again I don’t know if Rihanna and Chris r togather but take it from a older person u only find true love once in your life and maybe twice if your lucky. So he should feel lucky to have someone Love him unconditionally shit I would make a stop in NY too after hearing her sing that knowing it’s about me u can fake anything when it comes to your heart . Just take your time and fuck the haters. The past is the past that’s why it’s called the pass live 4 today and learn from yesterday. That’s called moving forward.

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  72. Uriah

    I didn’t like her performance for ‘Diamonds’, but I loved the second song. The green-screen nonsense didn’t look so great, especially with her backup singers. I was working late at DISH the other night, so I was unable to see it when it aired. A while ago, I set up my Hopper from DISH to automatically record the show so I could watch it when I got a chance. Its nice being able to have the entire season on my DVR with more than enough recording space left. I’m sure that she will be the musical guest again in the future, and I am really excited for Maroon 5 this weekend!

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