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…
Check out the first pictures from the 2014 Diamond Ball. The event benefits The Clara Lionel Foundation, which Rihanna founded in 2012 and which works to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
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.
Rihanna teased a brand new track (rumored to be titled “Kiss It Better”) on Instagram last night.
Tell us how do you like it!
Rihanna and Eminem have been nominated for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the 57th GRAMMY Awards. Click here to see the full list of nominees.
In case you don’t remember, Rihanna already has 7 Grammys:
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Umbrella)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (Run This Town)
Best Rap Song (Run This Town)
Best Dance Recording (Only Girl)
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration (All Of The Lights)
Best Short Form Music Video (We Found Love)
Best Urban Contemporary Album (Unapologetic)
Good luck, Ri!
Rihanna was photographed out and about in New York City on Thursday night (December 4). Looking beautiful as always! Click here for photos.
Rihanna just announced that her new fragrance Rogue Love is available at Macy’s!
ROGUE LOVE by Rihanna is a fragrance with freshness and floralcy that captures the moment when love first hits you. This 2 piece gift set includes 4.2 oz Eau de Parfum Spray and a 0.5 oz Eau de Parfum Spray.
And that’s not all. Rogue Man is finally available in the UK and you can get it at House of Fraser.
From first contact ROGUE MAN by Rihanna intoxicates men with a choreographed clash of fragrance notes that are both masculine and ultra-sexy. ROGUE MAN by Rihanna has top notes comprised of fresh citrus, herbs and spicy black pepper which offer a clean opening impression. The velvet floral blends, strong undertones of cedarwood, and the primal sensation of labdanum ignites the senses and linger warmly onto the skin.
RIHminder: To celebrate the launch of Rogue Man, Parlux and Cosmopolitan are giving away the ultimate luxury couple’s vacation. Enter here to win a trip for two to Barbados and a ROGUE MAN gift set. Travel and accommodations courtesy of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. and the Crane Resort in Barbados (Two runner-ups will receive a ROGUE MAN gift set.)
Visit perfumesbyrihanna.com for more info on Rihanna’s previous fragrances.
After a short trip to London, Rihanna was photographed in a good mood at New York City’s JFK Airport on Tuesday night (December 2). Watch a video above.