Rihanna performing at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2010, 2008, and 2007.
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Ahhh, it's true! Rihanna will be performing at the 2012 Video Music Awards (along with Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Pink and One Direction!), and we are SO. EXCITED. Whenever RiRi hits the VMA stage, she always buh-rings her fashion A-game, and we cannot wait to see what she will wear come September 6! Like, has it already been two years since she sported that all-white Madonna "Like A Virgin"-inspired ensemble complete with an oversized tulle tutu and lace crop top? SO KILLER. She accessorized with a diamond cross necklace (of course), lace-up boots and that $1,200 Jennifer Behr crystal headwrap. For a pop of color, she matched her fiery red waves with a matte lip and a soft smokey eye. (Also, please do not forget when a cat ALSO sported this iconic VMA ensemble. YUP.)
In 2008, Rihanna doubled up her performance duties by singing "Disturbia" AND a duet with T.I. all in one night. For her single performance, she went badass in bondage by wearing thigh-high lace-up stiletto boots paired with a feather and chain fringe bustier. We will never forget Rihanna's short-haired era with her signature blond curl and always-styled 'do, but OMG, LOOK AT HER EYE MAKEUP. It's like a smokey eye on steroids! Her black and silver eyeshadow extends all the way to her hairline, and we're totally into this Tron-inspired look. When RiRi shared the stage with T.I., she went for another all-black ensemble—this time with a cropped leather and gold motorcycle jacket (with no shirt underneath!), skin-tight black jeans, and cuffed black boots.
In 2007, Rihanna sported a studded fedora cap, shrunken tuxedo blazer, and short-shorts while performing "Umbrella" with Chris Brown. Her beauty game was totally on-point with a super sleek bob, sultry cat liner, and nude lip. Me-ow. She ALSO performed with Fall Out Boy in the same year wearing a more casual-cool sneakers and dress ensemble. She sported high-top kicks with a low-cut black tulle frock cinched with a gold chain belt. She finished the look with a single black glove and tons of gold statement pieces. But the big question is, what will she wear this year?! Only time will tell! Until then, leave your sartorial guesses in the comments below.