Rihanna Rocks Out 'American Idol' With New Single 'Rockstar 101'

Pop star even picks up a Flying V guitar during the leather-clad performance.

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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