Rihanna’s 2016 Grammys Performance Won’t Be The First Time She Blows Us All Away
Do you remember that coin flip TV ad that aired on CBS a few Sundays ago? The one where Late Show host Stephen Colbert refereed the coin toss matchup that determined the air dates of the Grammys and the Super Bowl? The one where CBS sportsguys James Brown, Jim Nantz, and Phil Simms represented Team Big Football Game, and pop superstar Rihanna represented Team Music Awards Show? The one where RiRi lost the coin toss, shrugged, and said, “I’m worth the wait”? The one that led many to suspect that the “Work” singer would be gracing music award show stage? Well, that hunch was totally right: Rihanna will indeed be at the Grammys. Friday, the 27-year-old pop powerhouse tweet-announced that she will perform at the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science's 58th award show. The coin flip ad wasn't punking us after all!
So what can we expect from RiRi The Great And Powerful on Feb. 15? Uh, a not-to-be-missed production, that'swhat. Whether she belts out ANTI’s first single, a medley of her greatest hits, or a cover of another artist’s song, it is sure to knock every last sock off of every last foot of every last audience member. Because if there is one thing I know to be objectively true, it is that a Robyn Rihanna Fenty award show performance is never not transcendent.
Let us take a look at the evidence, shall we?
Exhibit A: “B**ch Better Have My Money” At The 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards
The helicopter! The choreo! The green fur coat! The green thigh-high boots! The green sunglasses! The everything! Why can't I find my inhaler when I need it!
Exhibit B: “Love The Way You Lie”/“What’s My Name?”/“Only Girl In The World” At The 2010 American Music Awards
Rihanna is unstoppable, her hits are unstoppable, her medleys are unstoppable, this performance is unstoppable, etcetera.
Exhibit C: “Stay” Featuring Mikky Ekko At The 2013 Grammys
Oops, I'm sobbing.
Exhibit D: “Umbrella” At The 2007 World Music Awards
Come for the umbrella props, stay for the slayage that begins at the 2:53 mark.
Exhibit E: “S&M (Remix)” Featuring Britney Spears At The 2011 Billboard Awards
Britney, Rihanna, and disembodied hands? What more could you ask for?
Exhibit F: “Welcome To The Madhouse, "Wait Your Turn,” & “Hard” At The 2009 American Music Awards
RiRi kicks off this awesome Rated R medley by spinning around on a giant wheel thing and, superhuman that she is, doesn't spew all over the stage.
Exhibit G: “FourFiveSeconds” With Paul McCartney & Kanye West At the 2015 Grammy Awards
This is nothing short of legendary and anyone who says otherwise can eat a denim shirt.
Exhibit H: “Rude Boy” At The 2010 Echo Awards
Big fan of the Rihbots.
Exhibit I: “Rehab” At The 2008 American Music Awards
Wearing her post-apocalyptic disco pirate best, Rihanna delivers a gorgeous rendition of the mid-tempo ballad.
Exhibit J: “Disturbia” At The 2008 VMAs
"Disturbia" plus a snippet of “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes? WHAT A GIFT.
Exhibit K: “Diamonds” At the 2013 American Music Awards
Oops, I'm sobbing again.
Before Feb. 15 rolls around, be sure to give your socks one last hug goodbye. Because RiRi is going to send 'em into the stratosphere.