Strutting across the stage surrounded by backing dancers, the 23-year-old seemed at home singing in Ireland, which isn’t surprising, as she recorded one of her biggest hits, Eminem duet ‘Love The Way You Lie’, in Temple Bar’s Sun Studios during the summer of 2010.
Twenty young fans who spent two days outside the Clarence Hotel in Dublin where the star was staying found themselves on the VIP guestlist for her sellout show last night.
Busy recording tracks for her new album in a fifth-floor suite since arriving on Sunday night, Rihanna took pity on the teenagers who had been disappointed not to meet her during her 48-hour stay by sending out her security staff to get their names to ensure they had free tickets for the concert.
They were among the 14,000, mostly female, fans who enjoyed the set which kicked off at 9.15pm when the singer emerged to thunderous sound effects and a “blitzkreig” of video from a silver shell wearing a luminous blue jacket.
Since arriving in Dublin early on Sunday, the Grammy-winning star had remained in her hotel.
But a 20-strong troupe of dancers and band members wound down after concerts in Belfast in the Grafton Lounge on Sunday night.
Last night she joined the party for the latest date of her Loud Tour. Built around a giant speaker cabinet, the stage show is an over-the-top spectacle.
The two-hour set featured over 25 songs, six costume changes and a highly erotic S&M-themed mini-set.