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 [article id="1627582"]her "Hard" music video[/article].
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 [article id="1627561"]frequent collaborator RedOne[/article], who described Gaga as "very talented, very ahead of the curve," to [article id="1627523"]Smokey Robinson[/article] have been praising the new pop diva for her individuality and her ability to take over the charts and [article id="1627605"]garner five Grammy nods[/article] 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 [article id="1627480"]Grammy nominations concert[/article]. "I enjoy her music. So I think that she's unique. Unique always has a chance."