She's one of the biggest stars in the music industry, and it's one of the most popular television shows in the world. It's no surprise, then, that millions eagerly anticipated [article id="1635660"]Rihanna's much-hyped performance[/article] on Wednesday evening's (April 7) "American Idol." And by all accounts, the chart-topper delivered.
"I told ya, baby," Rihanna promised as she kicked off her new single "Rockstar 101." Taking a break from the competitors, "Idol" gave center stage to the black-leather-catsuit-clad singer, whose shoulder pads were nearly as huge as her presence.
Surrounded by flames and a video screen displaying rock staples like guitars, lightning bolts and skulls, Rihanna belted out the Rated R track in a half-sung, half-spoken voice. As she slid across the stage and interacted with backup singers, she made sure that her first "American Idol" performance was a memorable one -- even picking up a Flying V at one point, although her guitar skills seemed limited to running a finger up one string.
"Rocking these diamonds, I'm rocking this chain/ Make sure you get a picture, I'm rocking my fame," she sang in a song as much about dressing like a rocker as actually being one. "To be what you is, you gotta be what you are/ The only thing I'm missing is a black guitar."
When she wasn't rocking out, Rihanna was apparently posing for photos backstage with "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. "Rockstar 101" is the new single from her Rated R album, which the Barbadian singer released last November, debuting at #4 on the Billboard chart.
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