Brad Pitt had a fun time introducing Rihanna’s performance last night at the singer’s inaugural Diamond Ball charity gala in Beverly Hills.
With a photo of a young RiRi flashing on large screens adjacent to the stage, Pitt said with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek, “I’ve often asked the very questions you yourself are asking right now—what the f–k went wrong?
“I give you exhibit A,” he said. “Look at the young girl before you, all full of hopes and dreams, living a humble existence in Barbados, her whole life ahead of her.”
Pitt said Rihanna landed in New York City at just 16 years old, but “soon fell in with a bad crowd led by the dubious and nefarious character known as The Jay Z.”
“For those you not in the know, The Jay Z was an evil impresario known for turning out hit records and ripping insane lyrics and fresh beats,” he said as the room erupted with laughter. “Needless to say it was all downhill from there.”
Pitt didn’t stop there…
Tonight (Decermber 11th) is first annual Diamond Ball, a black tie fundraising event benefiting The Clara Lionel Foundation. Founded in 2012, the Clara Lionel Foundation works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
“One of the greatest benefits of my job was being able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in honor of my grandparents,” said Rihanna. “There is truly nothing I’m more proud of and we’ve just gotten started. I’m excited to continue my work and thrilled to be able to host the Diamond Ball – a night that promises to be elegant and inspirational.”
Jimmy Kimmel is set to host the event and, in addition, special guest Brad Pitt will introduce Rihanna’s orchestra performance.
“It is such an honor to have Jimmy Kimmel host this event. There is no one more hilarious to make the first annual Diamond Ball an incredible night. I’m blessed by his support,” said Rihanna. “Brad Pitt is not only a phenomenal talent, but I admire him and am inspired by his philanthropic work.”
Expected Diamond Ball schedule:
6:30pm PST: Pre-Reception
7:30pm PST: Dinner & Program
9:30pm PST: Performance by Rihanna accompanied by a live orchestra
UPDATE: Follow us on Twitter for updates and make sure to check back later for more.
This Giving Tuesday, support the Clara Lionel Foundation when Rihanna’s Diamond Ball auction. Items include an exclusive Rihanna VIP Tour Package, Kanye West VIP Tour Package, Roc Nation Sports package, and more. Place your bids here.
Proceeds from this auction benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation. Founded in 2012 by Rihanna in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Brathwaite, CLF works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
Here’s the description for the Rihanna Tour Experience:
Be Rihanna’s special VIP guest for her upcoming 2015 tour. Ride first class to a show of your choice with car service provided by BLS. Experience a rare opportunity meet with the icon.
This once-in-a-lifetime moment includes:
Two (2) VIP tickets to Rihanna’s concert tour of winner’s choice.
Private Meet & Greet with Rihanna after the show.
Car service to and from the concert in city of winner’s choice.
An Autographed tour memorabilia program book and other memorabilia.
Rihanna’s ROGUE Perfume Collection, including Rogue Man, Rogue Love, and Rogue.
Rihanna’s MAC Viva Glam Collection, including a lipstick and lipgloss.
Exclusive tour merchandise in winner’s size.
Rihanna attended the Summer Classic Charity basketball game Team Cano vs. Team Sabathia at Barclays Center on Thursday (August 21). She was photographed seating front row with her friends, including model Cara Delenvigne, Melissa, Leandra (who shared a couple funny videos on Instagram) and Jennifer. She was also seen with her father and grandfather. Click here for photos.
Earlier that day, Ri looked beautiful while seen shopping in Soho and reportedly apartment hunting — click here for photos. And after the game, she and Cara were photographed heading to a nightclub. Busy day!
Robinson Cano and CC Sabathia will host the Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game at Barclays Center on Thursday, August 21. Sabathia and Cano will serve as captains to two celebrity basketball teams headlined by additional honorary captains, Carmelo Anthony (Team Sabathia) and NBA MVP Kevin Durant (Team Cano).
Special guests are set to be in attendance for this event as well, including Rihanna.
Get tickets here.
Navy! Check out Rihanna’s new MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam ad, which will be available globally this September.
Every cent from the selling price of Viva Glam lipstick and lipglass goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Pop icon Rihanna brings a bold look to her fierce new VIVA GLAM campaign, accenting her fearless, confident style with shades of frosted metallic mauve Lipstick and Lipglass, in velvety soft red packaging featuring her signature. Also available, the modern red hues of Rihanna’s original VIVA GLAM collection. Every cent of the selling price of VIVA GLAM Rihanna goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Sign Up to hear about it first.
Check out how the new products look like!
Rock Rihanna style with her new Limited Edition Spotlight shirt. Available online and select Hard Rock Cafes.
This Thursday (June 5), Rihanna attended a press conference at Hard Rock Cafe Paris to release the charity t-shirt campaign in partnership with the American restaurant and casino chain. She thanked them on Twitter:
Thank you Hard Rock for your generous donation of $200,000.00 to The Clara Lionel Foundation today! It means the world to so many lives!
The Clara Lionel Foundation is a Humanitarian Foundation activated in 2012 in honor of Rihanna’s grandparents Clara and Lionel Brathwaite. Clara Braithwaite, Rihanna’s grandmother, passed away on June 30, 2012, after a battle with cancer. Watch the videos below and find out more about it.
Rihanna also donated twenty costumes to Hard Rock Cafe.