Wednesday, July 20, 2011
The Barbadian beauty was seated on the edge of the stage, trying to prepare her guests for the unpreparable: a surprise cameo by Kanye West that included performances of "All of the Lights" and "Run This Town."
"I want to give a big shout-out to my mom and my grandma in the house tonight," Riri added nonchalantly.
"I like to say I'm a bad bitch, but they're badder bitches than me. I'm scurred of them."
The NIVEA-sponsored tour exhibited Rihanna's factory of hits with no shortage of costumes: "Disturbia" in a sequined bikini, "Unfaithful" in a flowy canary number, "S&M" as part of a metallic pillow fight, "Rude Boy" and "What's My Name" in an oversized floppy headband, and "Hard" in a cape that made this blogger consider storming the dressing room.
J. Cole fittingly served as the opening artist, reminiscing a freakier Chris Brown ("God bless the homegirl that drove us home/no strings attached like a cordless phone," he sang during "In the Morning"), while NIVEA hooked superfans up with temporary tattoos and bloggers with mac-and-cheese-stocked skyboxes.
Check out some of our favorite moments of the night, below.