Watch: Rihanna’s All Wet — And We Like It
Rihanna is stripping down — literally and figuratively.
In the music video for “Stay,” her second single off her seventh multiplatinum-selling studio album, Unapologetic, the singer bares not just her body, but her heartaching soul. Peeling off her tank and her black bottoms, Rihanna slips into a fully-drawn tub. Soaking nude in the shadowy bathwater, the barefaced, weary-eyed singer stares almost blankly into the camera as she croons out the heartfelt lyrics.
Helmed by legendary video director Sophie Muller, the minimalistic clip — which features the tune’s co-writer, Mikky Ekko, sitting fully clothed on the brim of a bathtub — casts Rihanna in a vulnerable light, as the clearly melancholy crooner curls into a ball.
“The video was really, really simple. I pretty much stayed put in a bathtub, and we shot it really tight, really close,” the “Diamonds” songstress told Ryan Seacrest on the Grammy Awards red carpet. “It’s a very emotional song and it’s personal.
dreamy, dramatic “Diamonds” music video from November. “And when you tell a story, even to yourself — if you’re saying it out loud and expressing how you feel — it needs to be powerful because it needs to be authentic.”
The video debuts comes on the heels of Rihanna slowing things down on the Grammy Awards stage Sunday with a stripped-down rendition of “Stay,” during which she duetted with the Louisiana singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko. Later in the telecast, RiRi joined Sting, Bruno Mars and Damian and Ziggy Marley for a spirited tribute to reggae legendary singer-songwriter, Bob Marley.