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Why does Rihanna have no iconic performances? (opinion)

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On 3/15/2021 at 3:20 AM, SUCCESSICA IS A QUEEN said:

These aren’t iconic aq9Apl8.gif

Even Jessica Simpson’s performance with Godjewel is more iconic than these aq9Apl8.gif

Chicken by the sea is more memorable than any of these :kidcries_crying_sad_tearing_up_sobbing:

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Lol no love for S&M with Brit? 

Performances aren’t things she’s known for.   Her career credit is: 20% Personality  70% Songs 10% Race (not in a rude way, in the way that being an empowering woman of colour

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Rihanna is consistent. Her music sells because it’s good on itself. She does not really need big choreography and tons of dancers to put on a good show. All she need is a microphone.

She has good stage presence without having to dance. She’s like Whitney, give her a mic and she’s gonna entertain you.

I think ‘love on the brain’, ‘***** better have my money’ and the ‘diamond’ from VS show are pretty iconic. Plus ‘S&M’ with Britney. 



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Never thought of this but you’re right :slowdown_down_cardib_b_cardi_um_fast_confused_what_stare: She’s relevant in pop culture because of her music, music videos, fashion, and personalify but NOT for any of her performances. People don’t seem to be mind because she makes up for it in other ways :mhm_britney_nodding_yes_mhmm: I do like the Work performance at the Brit Awards though :cheese_Britney_awkward_cringe_eek:

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Rih was really the beginning of the 'new popstar' IMO - shes more about being cool and relatable than traditional POP Performances and even Songs. She can take a trend and run with it or create one, but she doesn't really create "pop moments" or iconic performances in the traditional sense.

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Wow i forgot how terrible rihhana is live. I saw her once in Tampa when she opened up for Kanye West (dont judge me the ticket was free and i hated every minute of him) and it was a VERY lackluster performance. I guess it never really got much better haha Good songs tho 👊

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I like Rihanna’s music a lot, but that’s a fact. 
I feel like she generaly didn’t make big influence on music industry. She’s cool, her music is cool, but that’s it. IMO everything would be pretty much the same without her.
To be clear she was definetly inspiration to lots of people, but I don’t know..

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On 3/15/2021 at 5:15 PM, BUWYGF said:

She's not much of a live performer tbh. I mean, I adore her music and she produced more hits than even Britney, but her live vocals and dancing are just....meh lol. That's just my opinon though :) 

At least she sings live, and today that’s a lot :angietea_angelina_jolie_tea_sips_coffee_mug_cup_drink_spilling_spill:

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She isn't a good performer in general. Her singing isn't particularly good nor can she dance.

She has some charisma at least, but only during certain performances. Most of the time she's just a pretty face to look at, though. 

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2007- Umbrella at MTV Movie Awards

2010-Love the Way you Lie (pt.2)/What's My Name/Only Girl In The World medley at AMAs

2016-Love on the Brain at the Grammys

And those are just off the top of my head :) 

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I love Rihanna, but yeah she doesn't have iconic performances...she has iconic videos, though. I mean, I would even argue that other pop contemporaries like Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, etc. don't really have iconic performances, and until recently I don't Beyonce did either (until Beychella, and I'm excluding Super Bowl performances, because who doesn't remember those?)

Not that many pop artists have performances that stand the test of time, and are truly remembered and emulated. Britney is in a unique category in that sense.

But, back to Rihanna, I think her most memorable performances are as follows:


Any live Umbrella performance from 2006-2007 because of the outfits/aesthetics:


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On 3/15/2021 at 1:19 PM, SloppyToppyGoddess said:

I mean as a full performance,  I'm not sure this is iconic but the cat walk part in the performance gets referenced a lot in memes.


Werk! I’ve actually never seen that performance and that’s one of my fav Rihanna songs. 

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