A Look Back At Rihanna And Eminem’s Performance Style

In case you missed the news: Rihanna and Eminem are performing at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Yep, in five days the duo will perform “The Monster” for the first time live ever. (EVER!!!) Sunday will mark the first time they’ve been reunited on stage in three years, but it definitely won’t be the first time Em and Rih have performed together—in 2010 and 2011 they performed “Love the Way You Lie” a handful of times at various tour dates and awards shows, including the 2010 VMAs. *hair flip*

In honor of their performance (and to make the time between now and Sunday as Rihanna and Eminem-filled as possible), we figured we’d take a look back at their past performance style. Leggo!


Rihanna and Eminem performing at Rihanna’s Last Girl on Earth tour in 2010.
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One of the first times they sang together live was at Rihanna’s 2010 Last Girl on Earth tour, where Rih had her short red ’do and wore a one-shoulder jumpsuit made from, essentially, straps. Maybe she’ll break it out for the Movie Awards? We wouldn’t mind seeing that shoulder cage again, TBH.


Rihanna and Eminem performing at the 2010 VMAs.
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Later that summer, they teamed up at the 2010 VMAs, with Em in head-to-toe black with a white tee and Rih in a Madonna “Like A Virgin”-inspired tulle skirt and bra. Rih’s red hair was longer, and she accessorized with a Jennifer Behr crystal headwrap. It’s one of her best looks, IMHO.


Rihanna and Eminem performing at the 2011 Grammys.
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At the 2011 Grammys, both Rih and Em dressed in black—he erring on the casual side in a leather jacket and jeans, and she more formal in a strapless black Christian Dior gown with a yellow pansy print along the bottom.


Rihanna and Eminem performing at V Festival 2011.
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At the 2011 V Festival in London, both went with summery looks. Who knew it ever stopped raining in London long enough to break out shorts? JK, I heard it does for, like, two days. Rih wore denim on denim, while Eminem matched his cap to his cargo shorts. This performance seems to be the last time the two performed together—until Sunday, that is!

The big question is, of course, what will they wear on Sunday? It seems likely Eminem might stick with all-black everything, but what Rihanna is planning to shrug on is a total mystery. Perhaps in honor of Conan she’ll go back to her bright red hair? We’ll find out on Sunday, starting at 9 p.m. EST. Don’t miss it!

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