Rihanna Admires The ‘Very Bold’ Lady Gaga

'I have so much respect for original artists and artists who aren't afraid to do what they want to do,' she tells MTV News.

Rihanna and Lady Gaga have a lot in common. They are both innovative pop stars with a concrete vision for their music and image. They are both fashionistas with a love for forward-thinking style. And they certainly both have swagger.

Maybe that’s why Rihanna has so much respect for her contemporary. “She has a very bold, fearless image,” Rihanna told MTV News on the set of her “Hard” music video .

Rihanna also admires Gaga because she doesn’t apologize for those bold moves. “I have to say, I have so much respect for original artists and artists who aren’t afraid to do what they want to do,” Rihanna said. “That’s what I respect most, so she’s awesome.”

Recently, everyone from frequent collaborator RedOne , who described Gaga as “very talented, very ahead of the curve,” to Smokey Robinson have been praising the new pop diva for her individuality and her ability to take over the charts and garner five Grammy nods this year.

“I think that Lady Gaga is so different and she has taken the world by storm,” Robinson told MTV News on Wednesday at the Grammy nominations concert . “I enjoy her music. So I think that she’s unique. Unique always has a chance.”