Rihanna in black Armani at Grammys: elegant and lip-syncing?

Ah, Rihanna. I have to admit, this is my style. If I looked like Rihanna, or had that kind of slim, small-busted, model-y figure, I would wear dresses like this all of the time. I love the simplicity of it. I love that it’s sexy but not in-your-face. I love that it’s also one of the classier and most elegant things Rihanna has ever worn. Allegedly, she worked with Armani to create this dress, which I find hard to believe. I mean, she’s the face of Armani, and obviously they want to please her. But I don’t believe Armani didn’t have a very similar dress in their archives, you know? I even like Rihanna’s blonde hair, but only in comparison to how bad her hair has been in the past. This is a really great look for her, and I hope it stays for a while.

As for Rihanna’s performances… I don’t even know. First she “sang” her own song, “We Found Love” – but as was made clear very quickly, she was lip-syncing. Did you notice that? She didn’t have the mic to her mouth at several points and you could still hear the vocals. After that, she changed mics I guess, and she joined Chris Martin for a simple version of “Princess of China”. You can really hear the difference between Rihanna’s voice live on that song versus her pre-recorded voice on “We Found Love”. Now, I thought Coldplay’s performance of “Paradise” was really, really good. Here’s the video of all of it:

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Right? Why go to the Grammys if you’re not going to actually SING your own song? And those booty shorts looked super-uncomfortable. Like, that cameltoe was painful.

And here are some other pics – I’m only putting up these photos of Adam Levine and his girlfriend Anne V because her dress is sort of similar to Rihanna’s Armani. I think Anne’s biscuit-grazer dress is a version of the Anthony Vaccarello one Gwyneth Paltrow wore on the cover of the March issue of Harper’s Bazaar, correct? Anne V and Adam were reportedly having problems a few weeks ago, but I guess they’re still together. Good for them, I guess.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Jayna says:

    Rhianna wasn’t lip-synching. Some said she should have because her vocals weren’t perfect. I thought she sounded great. She had a backing track, but all the popstars do because it’s the way their albums were made, layering of vocals.

    She looked amazing and so sexy last night.

    • Emma - the JP lover says:

      I’m beginning to think that Christina Aguliera and Jennifer Hudson are the only singers today who actually sing live at music Award shows and special events. I don’t think every ‘pop’ singer using a backup track when there are orchestras at music events.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Rihanna was completely lip syncing to the first track. Note how it sounds the same through the song. Coldplay, who were great come on and immediately you hear the difference between a live singer and a mouther. You can hear his breath, notice how his voice changes as he pulls closer to the microphone.
        If you know music, you can totally tell the difference in her voice between the two songs. She didn’t even do all the La las with Chris, she let him take all the notes out of her limited range.

  2. 221jazz says:

    Rihanna, Tina Turner called she wants her hair back. Adam looks very handsome and his girlfriend’s legs are to die for. Again… God mocks me.

    • gg says:

      wow, it’s amazing what they can do with fake hair these days. She looks great! Too bad she’s irretrievably stupid.

      If they can do this, why can’t SOMEBODY fix Christina Hendricks’ hair???

    • carrie says:

      LOL on Tina Turner hair
      Rhianna was classy and beautiful:great look

    • RocketMerry says:

      Good call on the TinaT-hair!
      I was going to go for “Eve called, wants her side boob back” but yours is better. =)
      Honestly though, if she keeps the simple, elegant and kind of covered up look going, I’m on board: she looks great!

  3. faye says:

    And, by similar to Rhianna’s dress, I take it you mean nothing like it?

  4. Cherry says:

    You think Rihanna’s dress is ‘sexy but not in-your-face’? Please. She’s practically naked. And that metally thong that’s showing on the back… tacky. Still, I have to admit I like this more than I feel I should. She’s such a pretty girl and I agree this is a lot better than she usually looks. But she lost a lot of weight lately, hasn’t she? She’s starting to look a bit gaunt and her ass is gone. Shame, she had a lovely figure.
    Oh, and at least Rihanna looks better than this Anne V character. No idea who she is, but she played her cards right, didn’t she? We’re all talking about her.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      I thought she lost a lot of weight too and she’s definitely lost her ass! That leather hot shorts set she performed in made her look like a little boy. Not a Rihanna fan at all, but she does look cute with a little more weight and natural hair.

      • NM6804 says:

        Agreed @Cherry @Morticians

      • normades says:

        Agreed, she looked better with more booty. I really don’t think Riri looks healthy here. She’s smiling and her make-up is flawless, but her eyes are telling another story.

        And that other dress on Douchey Levine’s gf is just god awful. It’s cut all the way to the vadge. Tacky.

    • Claire says:

      It’s not a thong, she’s wearing a body chain under her dress.

  5. Sasha says:

    What on earth – that last dress is NOT A DRESS! What the hell is it? I’m not a pearl clutching prude but this is just getting ridiculous. Why not just run around the red carpet naked?

    • gg says:

      I agree. And look at the smug doucheface on Levine – he looks detestable. He looks like the type that dictates what their girlfriend wears.

    • Mia says:

      LOL pearl-clutching prude. Love it. Anne’s outfit reminds me of the bodysuit Shakira wore in her She Wolf video…either way Anne looks like she’s selling her vadge to the world and Adam looks like an idiot

    • Lizzard says:

      I was thinking the exact same thing… The fact that even Fredricks of Hollywood’s dresses are classier looking than that is saying something. She looks like a trashy whore. If she wants to wear it out to a club and get treated like a prostitute, by all means she has the body for it, but this is the Grammy’s for crying out loud…

  6. Kimlee says:

    Hate Rihanna’s hair the dress was just ok on her, her performance and outfit were bad.

    I thought she was rude as hell being on her cell phone the whole time Adele performed and the nasty look she gave to the male singer (know his name ) who won the award instead of her.

    Ann’s dress look trashy

    • Jaye says:

      Damn…how did you see Rihanna on her phone all the way through Adele’s performance. Wasn’t the camera on Adele for like, the whole time?

      • Day says:

        The camera WAS on Adele the entire time. It wasn’t until after her performance that they cut to the audience and everybody was on their feet cheering. Some people I tell you.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      ITA with you. As I said on the Grammy thread, she’s obnoxious and self important and she’s really not talented enough to be either.

  7. brin says:

    Love Rihanna’s look!
    Anne V on the other hand, looked like her dress got caught in a car door.

  8. Franny says:

    the girlfriend’s dress looks like a lopsided loin cloth/diaper hybrid. I really don’t need to see that much inner thigh anywhere but a beach, thanks.

    She couldn’t have done her hair? maybe brushed it? I don’t understand these people – if my picture was going to be circulated all over the globe, I would try to look presentable and not like I just rolled out of my crib with my diaper dress on.

    • Meecey says:

      @Franny you had me rotflmao. Diaper n a brush!!!!! I love it!!!! I hate the slut and don’t know her!!!

  9. Asli says:

    Eh. She’s not lip-synching She’s singing over the track for the chorus but that sucks too, sooo…..

  10. Cruisegirl says:

    Am I supposed to know who the Anne V chick is? Because I don’t. And I thought Rhianna looked fantastic.

  11. bea says:

    Half-bathing-suit / half-dress = weird

    Ri looked good. Hope she didn’t hang with CB – he could be her Bobbi!

  12. paola says:

    Rihanna and Alicia Keys wore the same shoes. hope they didn’t find that too embarassing…. 😉

  13. fabchick says:

    love Rihanna’s look, everything. The hair, jewlery, the gold clutch. Flawless. She said on the pre-show that she was going for a Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface look. She looks damn good imo.

  14. nina says:

    Rihanna looks amazing, I”m digging the goldie hawn hair on her. She’s so beautiful she can pull off looks that would make the rest of us look like idiots.

    adam levine’s gf is gorgeous, but that dress is very try-hard, you shouldn’t have to work that hard when you’re that pretty.

  15. Mika says:

    Love Ri’s dress – hate the hair! Her body is banging here! Go RiRi!

    • QQ says:

      Me too i adored her dress and tight lil body but that lot lizard hair?! Ugh and is a color issue for me not cut or style is like make that shit darker OR lighter

  16. Naya says:

    Rihanna’s hair reminds me an unfortunate daliance I had with Sun In back in the late 80s.

    And Anne V lools lovely but is it the lighting that makes her leg look kind of “off” like they are bruised or off color a bit.

  17. Samigirl says:

    Anne V has an amazing body, but for Christ’s sake, I do NOT need to see her femoral artery. That dress is dangerously close to showing snatch. I can’t even see mine right now, so I definitely don’t want to see anyone else’s.

  18. MorticiansDoItDeader says:

    Did anyone else notice that the one backup dancer she was grinding on in the beginning of her performance looked a lot like Chris Brown?

  19. JudyK says:

    Rihanna has the PERFECT body…looked beyond stunning in that black dress. My gawd, she is drop-dead gorgeous!

  20. jen7waters says:

    Coldplay were awesome!! \o/

  21. lw says:

    Love Rhianna’s look (except that she has dieted away her amazing body). But it seems ultra trendy since Alicia Keys, Gwyneth and probably others were doing the 70s black dress with hardcore gold accessories. Must be the look for this season. It seems more authentic when everyone doesn’t rock the same trend. I blame the stylists.

  22. Aiobhan says:

    I hate to say it but Rihanna looks good. Her hair is god awful though. If she keeps bleaching her hair like that it is going to fall out.

  23. Heather says:

    Oh man, I didn’t pick up that Rihanna was lip-synching….I thought her song and the Coldplay performance was one of the best of the night! I loved Rihanna’s dress – so simple and beautiful. But, I don’t like her hair and makeup, though it is an improvement. As Joan Rivers said of her new hair on Fashion Police, Rihanna is the first African American singer to go with the “white trash” look!

    As for Anne V., what is the hell is that dress? She is beautiful, but that is just trashy. It looks like her lady parts are about to hang out. Not sexy AT ALL.

  24. Julie says:

    To me, seems tacky coming to this event looking a tad bit wasted.

  25. Julie says:

    p.s. I don’t think she dieted away her figure, maybe coked it away.

  26. Shelly says:

    Loved Rihanna’s dress! She looked so hot in it. Loved her performance, too.

  27. lucy2 says:

    That’s about the best Rihanna’s ever looked. Hopefully she stays away from the clown hair.
    That other woman’s dress looks ridiculous.

  28. Gherkin says:

    I’d never quite been able to put my finger on what’s wrong with her face until now. I’m guessing it’s finally apparent due to some combination of that awful hair cut and the new colour with grown out roots. Turns out it’s that she HAS A FOREHEAD BIG ENOUGH TO WRITE A NOVEL ON. HOLY CRANIUM BATMAN.

    • hateonit. says:

      lmfao she’s always had a big forehead. its been prominent and obvious since she first came out. her nose seems awfully wide. her face looks smooshed. she does have beautiful eyes and a killer body. she looks classy here. he has lost a large amount of weight in a short period of time but I’m thinking it’s because she was performing and wanted to look her best.

  29. Sara says:

    Adam Levine is starting to irritate me. He looked like an ungrateful douche when he performed with The Beach Boys. The other guy performing with them was rocking it out like he wanted to be up there. Also, Adam needs a little sun. Love Rihanna’s look!

  30. Relli says:

    Something about Rhianna’s new look is reminiscent of Denise Richards.

  31. Stacy Dresden says:

    Rihanna looks amazing in these photos. I love this look! Meanwhile, Anne V’s is hilariously bad! Put it AWAY, girl.

  32. mia girl says:

    Dress- Amazing – really great.

    Hair – um, sorry, no. It looks like it fell off one of George Lucas’ Ewoks.

  33. Katie says:

    I was thinking Rihanna looked like Goldie Hawn in Overboard after she ended up in Elk Snout. The hair is so bad and the dress, well, I just don’t even know.

    • Meecey says:

      I am going to have to start reading all of the comments here, all of you guys have me rotflmao! I haven’t laughed so hard since Jackass. Yes, I love me some stupid fools hurting themselves for my amusement.

  34. Day says:

    Every singer sings with a backtracking. It is needed so the music is still playing while she dances. Her voice could clearly be heard at the beginning of the song and while singing. Stop reaching so much. Surprisingly, she did well and so did Coldplay(not a surprise.) This was hands down my favorite outfit(another surprise.) But, I am sure most people(women) will fly in here calling it slutty and everything else. I am glad she pulled herself together for this award show b/c lately she has been looking a mess.

  35. lolas says:

    This passes for classy?? That’s a sorry state of affairs.

  36. serena says:

    Rihanna looks really hot.

  37. Delta Juliet says:

    This is the first time I admit this so please bear with me….

    Adam Levine is my shame f-ck.

    **runs out of the room**

  38. Happy21 says:

    I thought Rhianna looked decent. I didn’t hate the hair that much and the dress was modest in comparison with what she has worn as of late.

    Lipsyncing or not, I thought her performance was bad. I swear she is tone deaf. Its like she is always yelling. I liked the Glee version of We Found Love the other week which got me kind of liking the RiRi version but I swear there are only 20 words in the whole song. It repeats itslef ad nauseum!

  39. Alibeebee says:

    I beg to differ the dress I don’t like the hair meh but I don’t ding riri pretty at all he face is missing something like character it’s just eyes nose and mouth but I digress her body is killer!

  40. Amanda G says:

    She has lost a lot of weight! The dress is lovely, but that 80’s Tina Turner throwback hair needs to go! And BTW she wasn’t lip syncing the whole time. Either way, she was awful.

  41. Erin says:

    i think they both look like expensive hookers. that’s all there is too it, i don’t think either of those dresses are classy in the slightest. Rihanna’s eyes look dead.

  42. katie says:

    I didn’t know Adam Levine and his girlfriend were having problems, but I saw a different pic of them on the red carpet and they didn’t seem happy. Just their body language.

  43. Kim says:

    She looks trashy. The hair doesnt work on her. She looked & sounded awful last night esp when she sang with Coldplay.

  44. Kim says:

    The second girl, whoever she is, looks like pure classless trash. She looks like a cheap hooker!

  45. original sandy says:

    rhianna looked great, but adam’s girlfriends legs up close are not nice, shape wise yes, but lines, and marks every where.

  46. HoustonGrl says:

    Is it just me, or has Rihanna lost a ton of weight?

  47. DreamyK says:

    Rhianna continues her trashy, nasty ways. She apparently thinks she deserves the dregs like Chris Brown and is living down to that image. Ugh. And I do think those two are back together. That hair looks like something you would find on a sticky bar room floor at closing time. She’s just been disturbing for so long now. Remember how classy she used to be? Now she’s all, like, Thug Life tats on her hands. She reminds me of Whitney in a way. Whitney was so beautiful and sweet..until she met Bobby. Chris is RiRi’s Bobby. So sad.

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  49. maemay says:

    She does not have any inner glow either in her looks or her performance. She is too young to be so emotionally bland. Her attempts to be a “bad girl” seem forced and unnatural as if she is trying to prove something.

  50. aprayerforthewildatheart says:

    I think Rihanna is stunning, she looks beautiful in that dress, her body is perfect for it. I thought I’d hate the blonde hair, but as long as she changes her makeup to suit the color it looks great on her. The first time I saw it, she was wearing a really dark lipstick, and it looked harsh.

    Maybe the fact that she didn’t do the lip syncing well, means she isn’t used to doing it, and usually sings live? Sometimes I really wonder what kinds of things the industry puts into contracts and agreements just to cover their a$$e$.

  51. RJ says:

    I think that if you can’t sing and dance competently at the same time, you need to just dance and lipsync (NOT sloppily) or sing for reals and dance less. The way she kept singing, then not-singing, was very distracting. I like Rihanna but Adele came off as the bigger talent. No dancing, just a very simple dress, and she knocked it out of the park.

  52. Kinga says:

    Seriously! Rihanna is in her 20s with a fab body. There is no better time for her to do this. I’ve seen worse on J-Lo & Fergie and they are both old enough to know better. You should all stop trying to get her into your 35 year old+ garb….bet most of you wore worse in your youth.

  53. misstrishm says:

    I just don’t get what the big deal is about Adam L; He’s arrogant but his g.f. is very pretty. I would love to have legs that long.

  54. Magsy says:

    Rihanna’s hair looks fried out and hate those roots. Her little attitude is getting old too. She couldn’t hold a candle to Adele, and Adele is cool without being thuggish, or druggish.
    Grow up Rihanna girl.

  55. Lisa B. says:

    The dress may show a bit too much skin but I think it’s in a non-trashy way.

    It ended up looking “too sexy” because well…it’s Rihanna wearing it. A girl like Diane Kruger, for instance, would work this dress in a completely different way.

    The hair is not a good idea but I like how she’s always experimenting with her look without caring much about what others will think. That’s nice.

    Anne V is so f’ing beautiful. She’s gorgeous. The dress isn’t the nicest thing ever, but hey, if I looked like that, I’d walk around half naked everywhere, haha.

    And she’s got such a California beach babe vibe to be russian, doesn’t she?

    I just don’t get the whole thing about her boyfriend being hot or some shit. He’s so average. And he sounds so much like a douche sometimes. Not my kind of guy.

  56. gia says:

    She lost a lot of weight for the Grammys

  57. JudyJudyJudy says:

    Rihanna’s face is beautiful.

  58. Lily says:

    Adam Levine looks like a dreamy Jewish ken doll. I think he could do better than her though.