After a whirlwind global tour, Rihanna finally got some time to unwind over the Thanksgiving holiday. The “What Now” singer kicked it courtside with her brother Rajad at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trailblazers game at L.A.’s Staples Center on Sunday.
RiRi, dressed casually in a FILA hat and skirt and New Balance sneakers, spent some quality time with her younger bro, laughing, eating popcorn, and cheering on the Lakers.
During her time off, she also caught up with her pal Katy Perry. “She x She … always great to see my Lil Kitty cat!!!” tweeted RiRi.
She has donated $100,000 to UNICEF to aid relief efforts for children and families whose lives were impacted by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
180 million singles and 50 million albums later, Rihanna received the first-ever Icon Award at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday. Following an introduction from Bill Maher, the 25-year-old pop star performed one of her 12 No. 1 singles, “Diamonds,” while wearing her hair in a doobie wrap.
Jay Z appeared via a videotaped message to congratulate his protégé. “Between me and you, can you believe this shit? Unbelievable,” he said.
RiRi’s mother Monica Fenty then presented her daughter with the award. “I know the journey and your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused,” she said.
During the acceptance speech, Rihanna thanked L.A. Reid, her family, her glam team, and her fans. “Right now, I can’t believe that at 25 years old, I’m holding an Icon Award,” she said. “That is weird to even say out loud.”
She also won the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.
Rihanna spent her Friday night courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors game at L.A.’s Staples Center. The “What Now” singer, clad in a camouflage bucket hat and AC/DC “Money Talks” T-shirt, puckered up to her BFF Melissa Forde for the kiss cam and goofed around with the son of talent agent Ari Emanuel. RiRi was all smiles as she blew bubblegum and snacked on cotton candy.
Earlier in the week, she shot a video for “The Monster” with Eminem in Detroit.
On Sunday, RiRi will receive the first-ever Icon Award and perform at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Eminem and Rihanna are bringing “The Monster” to life. On Wednesday, the rapper and pop star went in front of the lens to shoot the video for their latest collaboration. Em shared a photo of them on set in his hometown of Detroit. Both were matching in black, while RiRi rocked her new black bob.
The video was directed by Rich Lee, who previously worked with Eminem on “Not Afraid” and “Lighters.”
The song, which appears on Eminem’s No. 1 album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, moves up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.
They previously topped the charts with “Love the Way You Lie,” which remained No. 1 for seven weeks.
Rihanna capped off her “Diamonds World Tour” with some twerking. During her final show at New Orleans Arena on Friday night, the “What Now” singer and her BFF Melissa Forde twerked backstage to T-Pain’s single “Up Down (Do This All Day).”
To prep, Melissa lit up a joint before passing it to RiRi. Wearing a bra and black sweats, she shook her booty up and down the pole.
After eight months of touring, RiRi closed out the worldwide trek in grand fashion. With a bottle of champagne in hand, she celebrated backstage with her mother, brother, and grandfather.
“The end. #DWT,” she wrote.
Check out her twerking skills in the Instagram videos below.
Rihanna is back in black in the dark and eery video for “What Now,” the fifth single off her 2012 album Unapologetic.
Directed by The Uprising Creative, the four-minute clip was shot over the summer in Phuket, Thailand. A tortured RiRi rocks a “red carpet goth” look reminiscent of her Rated R era as she performs in a white room.
“It’s gonna be kinda eery, very creepy because ‘What Now’ is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual,” said Rihanna. “Everybody’s probably expecting like a narrative type of video, a love story of some sorts, something really soft and pretty. It is pretty and kinda soft, but it’s really a little demented.”
The 25-year-old singer will receive the first-ever Icon Award and perform at the 2013 American Music Awards on Nov. 24.
Watch her unleash her demons in the haunting visuals.