Rihanna Checks Into ‘Rehab’ On Stage At 2008 VMAs

November 24th, 2008 // 7 Comments

After watching the showstopping live performances delivered by pop superstars Christina Aguilera and a bootyshaking Beyoncé Knowles who whipped her ponytail around with the precision of a surgeon, watching a barely-moving Rihanna sing her new single “Rehab” was pretty disappointing.

Seeming
to rely on her heavily-styled hair, dominatrix outfit, random
accessories (a bedazzled eye-patch, really?) and pyrotechnics, Rihanna
hardly appeared to be the young one in the bunch as she could barely
see fit to step around sexily and flipped her hair once or twice for
emphasis.

Maybe her interpretation of a woman strung-out on love was just a little too realistic.

All of our American Music Awards coverage is located here.

Click any photo to view all 15+ photos of Rihanna performing at the American Music Awards in the gallery!


After watching the showstopping live performances delivered by pop superstars Christina Aguilera and a bootyshaking Beyoncé Knowles who whipped her ponytail around with the precision of a surgeon, watching a barely-moving Rihanna sing her new single “Rehab” was pretty disappointing.Seeming
to rely on her heavily-styled hair, dominatrix outfit, random
accessories (a bedazzled eye-patch, really?) and pyrotechnics, Rihanna
hardly appeared to be the young one in the bunch as she could barely
see fit to step around sexily and flipped her hair once or twice for
emphasis.Maybe her interpretation of a woman strung-out on love was just a little too realistic.

All of our American Music Awards coverage is located here.Click any photo to view all 15+ photos of Rihanna performing at the American Music Awards in the gallery!

By Lisa Timmons
asl

  1. set

    I was so disappointed in Rihanna performance, why did she even rehearse its was so boring. And I love the girl.

  2. beelzebub

    She is pretty lackluster live. She better enjoy her time as the IT girl bc when producers stop giving her the best songs, her career will plummet like Ashanti & Jlo before her.

  3. Tiffany

    I freakin love this b*tch but I’m honest with myself and others about the fact that her vocals are just barely average. She’s the epitome of a manufactured persona…which isnt even originial either because she looks like Kelis circa 2005

  4. T-Bone

    She needs to grow her hair out. This Prince-like hairstyle is not only incredibly boring, but it’s not attractive.

  5. SweetSoprano

    Yeah I gotta agree. Her voice is kind of bland. Sounds the same in every song. But honestly was anyone surprised that her performance was lame? I wasn’t considering her performance at the VMA’s with T.I. was a snoozefest also.

    And BTW, she looks like a combination of Tina Turner from Thunderdome and Slick Rick.

  6. bee

    i wasnt surprised lol i dont think she is capable of doing a good performance. she just doesnt got IT! she looks better with long hair.

  7. B STAN

    she is very beautiful but its gona take more than beauty for me to become a fan of hers. when i look at her i pass her looks, i look at her as an artist and she lacks talent in every possible way.

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