Rihanna's astonishing rendition of 'Love on the brain'
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Rihanna is the bossy princess of the music and fashion world and we love her to death, but her live performances have always been shaky on the vocal side. Get ready for some changes. Check out our review of the BBMA 2016 performance.
Being successful pop star and fashion icon does not always mean that you will nail every single live performance. But there is always lip syncing, visual effects, choreography, back vocals and what not in order to 'save the day'. Rihanna isn't the strongest live performer out there but on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards 2016 she prove that she can indeed pull out an amazing vocal if she wants it, while belting out the 'Anti' album cut 'Love on the brain'.
Her best live performance so far was when she slayed (literally) 'Stay' on Grammy's 2013. It seems that when given the right song (which means a slow and soulful ballad), Rihanna is able to pull all the stops and deliver amazing greatness.
'Love on the brain' was written by Rihanna herself, with the help of Fred Ball and Joseph Angel. It is a mid tempo, 50s inspired love ballad with amazing guitar and organ elements. It also varies from high to low notes which gives Rihanna the opportunity to make her signature growl sound as well as hit some high steady notes.
Oh, and babe I'm fist fighting with fire
Just to get close to you
Can we burn something babe?
And I run for miles just to get a taste
Must be love on the brain
That's got me feeling this way
It beats me black and blue but it fucks me so good
And I can't get enough
Must be love on the brain, yeah..."
Apart from nailing the performance, Rihanna wore vintage Thierry Mugler suit and Jacob & Co. jewels, spiced up with green fur shawl that was inevitably reminiscent to her last year's outfit from The iHeartRadio Music awards.
Bottom line - is Rihanna ready to step up her vocal game and enter the big league or was this just a onetime astonishing performance? Anyway take a listen and let us know what you think.