NEW YORK — Gusting winds, freezing temperatures and heavy snow weren’t enough to stop [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist], who treated fans to a special performance in Rockefeller Plaza on Saturday evening. The singer, who was joined on stage by [artist id=”1269″]Jay-Z[/artist], pre-taped performances that is scheduled to air on New Year’s Eve as part of NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.”
Covered from head to toe in a white fur coat, Rihanna took the stage before freezing fans a little after 7:30 p.m. It wasn’t long before the signer ditched her body-length coat, despite the bitter temperature, to reveal a small black lace corset and short fur jacket with accompanying top hat.
“New York!” she yelled. “I need ya’ll to rock out with me!”
Performing a three song-set that included “Wait Your Turn,” “Hard” and a “Run This Town” / “Umbrella” medley, she worked the stage, illuminating a picture-perfect moment with the backdrop of Rockefeller Center’s giant Christmas tree. And while the weather outside was frightful, the audience was delighted when Jay-Z took the stage: The crowd erupted when the rapper emerged on stage alongside Rihanna in a bulky black coat and dark shades. The two played off of each other presence during “Run This Town” as Hova chanted the singer on before the segueing into “Umbrella.”
The crowd was generally enthusiastic about the performance, despite the weather. “I thought that the mini concert was awesome! She gave us an outstanding performance,” Nikita Rivera said.
“It was a great show — however, it would have been nice if she had acknowledged that we have been waiting for her in the snowstorm!” Kemp Parchment said. Another fan said, “The performance was not as spectacular as I had anticipated, partially due to the bitter weather,” said Shakuntala Devi.