Leave it to the good people of Miami to fire up the tailgate grills four days early for Sunday’s Super Bowl. The city that rarely sleeps got its party on way in advance of the Colts-Saints matchup on Thursday night, when VH1 kicked off the weekend with the one-hour “Super Bowl Fan Jam 2010” concert featuring [artist id=”1940303″]Rihanna[/artist], [artist id=”3187077″]Justin Bieber[/artist], [artist id=”1243444″]Young Jeezy[/artist] and [artist id=”503162″]Timbaland[/artist].
Timbaland opened the show, performing a virtual duet with Justin Timberlake on “Carry Out,” the latest single from Tim’s solo album, Shock Value II. Though the song was bangin’, unlike last Friday at Timbaland’s show in Hollywood , Timberlake did not join his frequent collaborator live onstage for the raunchy food-as-sex-metaphor-heavy tune, but instead was beamed in on a giant video screen.
Tim wasn’t lonely for long, though, as his second song featured the all-grown-up JoJo strutting the stage in a shimmery silver tank top and gray leggings for the funky “Lose Control,” during which she dropped some salty language that got her bleeped.
Next up was the seemingly indefatigable 15-year-old Justin Bieber, who appeared at Monday’s “We Are the World” recording session and Sunday’s Grammy Awards and rocked the stage with his candy pop hit “Baby,” slapping hands with shrieking female fans, dozens of whom were corralled behind a glass wall on the stage for a closer look at the Canadian cutie.
Also fresh from the Grammys was Rihanna, who emerged from a smoke-filled hole in the stage wearing a black bra under a sexy asymmetrical space-age jumpsuit missing one leg and the opposite arm, and wielding a curved, sword-shaped mic stand as she sang a hard-rocking version of “Wait Your Turn.” With crunching rock guitars and booming drums, she segued into the T.I. collabo “Live Your Life,” which slid into a pop-punk take on “Disturbia.”
And she wasn’t done yet. RiRi closed the show by coming back out seated in a white armchair and crooning the gothy “Russian Roulette” before bringing Young Jeezy out for her crunching current single, “Hard.” Wearing all black, the rapper spit his bit and ended up center stage, with Rihanna’s arm draped around him. As the credits rolled, Rihanna gave them one more, grinding her way through the bouncy “Rude Boy,” leaving the crowd pumped up for another three days of pre-game parties.