When you live your life on a stage, people form a lot of opinions about you. That’s even truer when you’re young, beautiful, talented, rich, famous and named Rihanna.
Fortunately for the international pop star from Barbados, criticism across social media over her “Pour It Up” video (featuring twerking strippers), partying ways and questionable Instagram messages about obtrusive photogs hasn’t instilled any sense of toning it down.
Rihanna concludes her Diamonds World Tour on Nov. 15 in New Orleans, but not until she has set Oklahoma City on fire with her flagship singles “Only Girl (In the World),” “Love the Way You Lie” and “Diamond.”
One of the brightest flames in popular music of the moment, Rihanna plays the Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno Ave. Opening for her, 2 Chainz returns to the ‘Peake following his arrest for misdemeanor obstruction in September after his show with Lil Wayne. He has since apologized to OKC fans and the city for the kerfluffle, which has not resulted in formal charges against him or his entourage to date. Show time is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, and tickets are $53.85-$146.55.
Later this month, the singer will face Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the American Music Awards for Artist of the Year for work from her latest album, Unapologetic. That would make a fine addition to her six Grammy Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards and the title of top-selling digital artist of all time. Forbes has also named her the world’s No. 1 social media star – 2.9 billion views on YouTube and VEVO, 63 million Facebook fans and more than 27 million followers on Twitter.
In life and at craft, Rihanna is unapologetic about her evolution, and it’s been intriguing to say the least.
Tickets are available online at www.chesapeakearena.com.