Even solo, Rihanna steals the spotlight.
Sashaying down the red carpet separately from recently reconciled beau Chris Brown, the “Diamonds” singer ravished in a red custom Azzedine Alaia couture gown as she arrived at the 55th annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday afternoon.
Even hours before the awards ceremony commenced — at which she’s seated beside Brown — RiRi snagged the evening’s very first golden gramophone, as “We Found Love,” her hit featuring Calvin Harris, was crowned Best Short Form Video. And with the win, Rihanna now has seven Grammys to adorn her mantle.
“It blows my mind. It’s hard to really grasp a hold of what’s happening,” she told E! News of her success. “Really, I just can’t believe it. I can’t believe the success that I’m having. I’m just really grateful; more than grateful, because it’s surpassed everything I’ve dreamed of.”
Not only will Rihanna take center stage at the Grammy ceremony, but she is also up for two more awards in the Best Pop Solo Performance and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration categories for “Where Have You Been” and “Talk That Talk,” respectively.
And music’s biggest night isn’t all Rihanna has lined up this week. Come Monday, the Grammy winner will world-premiere the music video for her single, “Stay.”
“The video was really, really simple,” she said. “I pretty much stayed put in a bathtub. We shot it really tight in the post. There’s Mikky Ekko in the video, too. He’s actually the one who wrote the song.”
And it’s a tune that Rihanna fell head-over-heels for right away. “I just fell in love with it so much. It’s a very emotional song and it’s personal,” she said, noting that she performs it “telling a story. It needs to be powerful because it needs to be authentic.”
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