Rihanna took the Microsoft Theater stage on June 23 to present Mary J. Blige with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Hailing the legendary singer for her style and sound, Rihanna also made mention of Blige’s history-making two Oscar nominations in the same year, for best actress and original song for “Mudbound.”
Accepting the trophy, Blige told Rihanna, ” I don’t think you know how much I love and respect you. I’m a huge fan and you inspire me right back.”
Blige then gave a moving speech, in which she explained her resilience both in life and career. Said Blige:
“People always ask, how do I sustain and stay relevant in this industry? It’s because, although I am a leader, a queen, and a living legend. … I’m a servant as well and I’m here to serve. Being a servant is not always glamorous or popular but it’s the job and the assignment that I was given. It’s because in order to be an authority, I had to learn how to come under authority because when the glory is placed on me I give it back to God immediately….”
Read Rihanna’s introductory speech in its entirety below:
“What’s the 411? With one simple question, Uptown Records’ youngest female artist, Mary J. Blige, introduced herself to the world with a brand new vibe. Forever aligning the worlds of hip hop and R&B, she changed the game with her unique sound. And that Mary J style — the backwards cap, the knee pads, the baggy jerseys … y’all know the Mary J. look. And then she took it there … with those thigh-high boots.
And then there are the awards and the accolades. And making history as the first person ever nominated for an Oscar in an acting and music category in the same year.
Happy Mary. Sad Mary. Mad Mary. No more drama Mary. Dancing Mary. We’re here for all of it.
Mary J. Blige: you have set the bar for relatable, timeless, classic music. You opened multiple doors for female artists in this industry. And on behalf of all the women [who] came after you — like myself — thank you for being you ao we can feel comfortable being ourselves.
Thank you for pouring your soul into every track and giving us a song for every feeling. Thank you for showing us that love is all that we need. But we didn’t know how much we actually needed you.
Ladies and gentlemen, get on your feet right now. The recipient of the 2019 BET Lifetime Achievement Award: the undeniable Queen of hip-hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige.”
Ri Ri makes an appearance on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS.
The start of the segment kicked off with both Rihanna and Meyers downing a beer and then heading over to the bar for some of the host’s creative cocktails. Judging from Ri Ri’s facial expressions, the drinks weren’t all too good.
Meyers took on his bartending role to heart and started giving life advice to Rihanna. She could ask him anything and he’d try and help her out. Her first question has us a little shook as we’ve all been anxiously waiting for Ri Ri to drop her album.
“If I quit music, then what should I do?” the singer asked.
Meyers suggested Rihanna become a pilot to which she revealed she actually wanted to be a pilot when she was younger.
Our favorite two day drinkers also tested Meyers’ pick up lines. Spoiler alert: they were not good.
“Hey, you look like a lady who was also underwhelmed by the ‘Game of Thrones’ finale,” Meyers said.
“I don’t watch ‘Game of Thrones,’ Rihanna confessed.
The makeup guru also tried her skills on Meyers when he asked her to give him a “summer eye” look. That didn’t go too well either.
Ri Ri opens up about her spirituality, when fans can expect a new album, being in love with her billionaire boyfriend of two years, Hassan Jameel, and her plans for marriage and motherhood.
In a chat with Interview Magazine published Monday, the “American Horror Story” actress interviewed her former co-star, leading the “Work” singer to compliment her interview skills.
“I commend you, girl,” Rihanna said. “Do you got any (expletive) questions ? Give me something. Ask me anything.”
Paulson shot back with “Who are you dating?” to which Rihanna replied: “Google it.” And if you do some Internet sleuthing, you’ll find that the musician is linked to Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel. Last week, the couple who began dating in 2017 were spotted getting cozy in Italy. And, as Paulson uncovered, Rihanna is in love.
“Of course I am,” she answered when asked. But whether the two will wed is another story. When asked about marriage, Rihanna paused. “Only God knows that, girl,” she said. “We plan and God laughs, right?“
One thing does seem certain, that Rihanna will have kids, if she gets her way. When asked if she wanted to be a mom, she answered: “More than anything in life.”
Good thing for Rihanna, she’s got the self-care thing down.
“It’s only the last couple years that I started to realize that you need to make time for yourself, because your mental health depends on it,” she said. “If you’re not happy, you’re not going to be happy even doing things that you love doing. It’d feel like a chore. I never want work to feel like a chore.
“My career is my purpose, and it should never feel like anything other than a happy place,” she continued, adding she’s “made little things” like going grocery shopping or taking a walk “a big deal.”
“I got into a new relationship, and it matters to me. It was like, ‘I need to make time for this,’ ” she said. “Just like I nurture my businesses, I need to nurture this as well.
“I’ll shut things down for two days, three days at a time,” she added. “On my calendar we now have the infamous ‘P,’ which means personal days. This is a new thing.”
Rihanna is officially the richest female musician on Earth.
That’s according to a profile on Tuesday (June 4) in Forbes, which estimates the singer’s massive warchest at around $600 million, putting RiRi north of such fellow music superstars as Madonna ($570 million), Celine Dion ($450 million) and Beyoncé ($400 million).
On the heels of the news that her early mentor Jay-Z has just become the first rap billionaire, the snapshot of Rihanna’s rise to riches focuses not on her music sales or concert proceeds, but rather her savvy move into fashion and partership with French luxury goods giant LVMH. Their collaboration on Fenty Beauty — which launched in September 2017 at LVMH-owned Sephora — was an out-of-the-box success, with the brand racking up a reported $100 million in sales in just its first few weeks.
Earlier this month, the French fashion conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced, after months of speculation, that it would expand its partnership with the pop star Robyn Rihanna Fenty, 31, beyond the beauty industry by launching a fashion line called Fenty. It’s the first major fashion brand that LVMH has created from scratch in its history, and it represents another historic shift: Rihanna is now the first black woman at the helm of one of Paris’s luxury houses, long revered for maintaining the highest level (in terms of craftsmanship, aesthetics and, yes, cost — though more on that later) of clothing and accessory design.
Today, in a wide-ranging digital cover story published by T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Rihanna discusses her new company for the first time, explains its genesis and reveals the line by modeling it in photographs that were shot for T in a home near London. In the interview, conducted by the playwright Jeremy O. Harris, she goes deep on her life, her music and her businesses. Rihanna has new music coming out soon.
In a rat-a-tat exchange with Harris that addresses the rumors surrounding her forthcoming album, the first since she released “Anti” to rapturous praise in 2016, the singer confirmed the following facts: She is making a reggae album; it will arrive imminently, but she doesn’t know the exact date yet; and, sure, she’s open to working with Lady Gaga, who recently followed her on Instagram. As for the name of her ninth album? Here’s her response:
“So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy,” she said, referencing the term for her crew of fans. “I’m about to call it that, probably ’cause they have haunted me with this ‘R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?’ How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?”
… But don’t expect Drake to be featured on her next album.
The two musicians, reportedly linked by a romantic past, have often appeared on each other’s albums, producing memorable hits like 2010’s “What’s My Name?” 2011’s “Take Care” and 2016’s “Work.”
But when asked if she would collaborate with him again, she was definitive: “Not anytime soon, I don’t see it happening. Not on this album, that’s for sure.”
“The party, believe it or not, is at work. I do not go out. I will go to a dinner. I try to have as much fun as I can during work. And even after work, when I’m literally in my kitchen having a drink, I invite all my staff. And we work, still.”
Next up in Rihanna’s empire: hair products?
When Rihanna launched her Fenty beauty line in September 2017, she released 40 shades of foundation, from the darkest to the lightest skin tones, reflecting her upbringing in Barbados. “Growing up, I wanted to be darker, always,” she said in T’s interview. In its first year, Fenty Beauty surpassed $500 million in revenue; the company has since added 10 new shades of foundation and plans to add more in the future. But that’s not the only way Rihanna wants to increase her beauty offerings:
“As soon as I’m ready to give up the two hours of sleep that I get now,” she said. “That’s for hair.”
Rihanna: the movie star — well, eventually.
Barbra Streisand. Cher. Lady Gaga. Though there’s a long lineage of singers who crossed over into Hollywood — and though Rihanna has had parts in a few movies, including 2006’s “Bring It On: All or Nothing,” 2012’s “Battleship” and 2018’s “Ocean’s 8” — she doesn’t quite think she’s ready to return to the big screen, not that she hasn’t been given the opportunity:
“I’ll probably try a little more, but not until I know I can handle a lead and carry a movie on my own, because I’ve been offered,” she said. “I’m always like, ‘Guys, thank you for trusting me, but Angelina Jolie is over there.’”
7. Even Rihanna feels like an outsider sometimes.
Few celebrities wield as much power and influence as Rihanna — that’s one of the main reasons that LVMH is collaborating with her on the fashion line — but when discussing the racist, classist and sexist behavior that often permeates the industries in which she works, the artist admitted that being Rihanna doesn’t necessarily safeguard her from being mistreated:
“It’s never alleviated, you know? You’re going to be black wherever you go. And I don’t know if it’s unfortunate or fortunate, because I love being black. So, sorry for those who don’t like it — that’s the first thing you see before you even hear my voice. There are also other factors: I’m young. I’m new to the family. I’m a woman. Those factors do come into play, but I will not apologize for them, and I will not back down from being a woman, from being black, from having an opinion. I’m running a company and that’s exactly what I came here to do. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable or not, but that’s not even my business, you know? I do know that the reason I’m here is not becauseI’m black. It’s because of what I have to offer. That’s what they’re invested in. And the fact that I’m black is just that: a fact.”
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law a controversial abortion bill that could punish doctors who perform abortions with life in prison.
According to reports, “Today, I signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, a bill that was approved by overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the Legislature,” said Ivey, a Republican, in a statement. “To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God.”
The Alabama Senate passed the bill 25-6 late Tuesday night. The law only allows exceptions “to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother,” for ectopic pregnancy and if the “unborn child has a lethal anomaly.” Democrats re-introduced an amendment to exempt rape and incest victims, but the motion failed on an 11-21 vote.
Rihanna used her platform to speak up on Thursday (May 16) and blast legislators in the state of Alabama, as well as the governor specifically.
“Take a look. these are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey…SHAME ON YOU,” she wrote in disgust on Instagram. Her post also included a photo gallery from the state’s mostly Republican senate, which is filled with white men.