Rihanna transformed the Saturday Night Live stage -- typically designed as a train station -- into a green screen experience that looked like an ever-changing animated desktop screensaver.
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For Rihanna's performance of "Diamonds," the green screen and even the band members' T-shirts lit up with visual effects. Like clockwork, viewers quickly reacted to the unusual artistic display on Twitter:
Really cool of Rihanna to perform in front of a Windows 98 screensaver. #SNL
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— Jonah Grant (@jonahgrant) November 11, 2012
— Corey Clayton (@CoreyClayton) November 11, 2012
Go on, Rihanna, turning #SNL into your own public access channel.
— Omar L. Gallaga (@omarg) November 11, 2012
So everybody is going to use PhotoBooth to recreate Rihanna's #SNL performance, correct? Correct.
— Aaron Edwards (@aaronmedwards) November 11, 2012
— T. Kyle MacMahon (@tkylemac) November 11, 2012
Rihanna is in her own karaoke video #SNL
— Abbi Crutchfield (@curlycomedy) November 11, 2012
Aside from her SNL performances of "Stay" (below) and "Diamonds," a song that topped singles charts on iTunes in 27 countries when it debuted in October, Rihanna has had a busy week.
Rihanna performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday (it airs Dec. 4 on CBS), and she participated in a Facebook Live chat Thursday to talk about having more than 62 million Likes on her Facebook page and her forthcoming seventh studio album, Unapologetic.
"Diamonds" is Rihanna's 23rd top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
"We Found Love" by Rihanna
Officials in France recently slapped a ban on Rihanna's controversial video, confining it to the late-night rotation. "We Found Love" joins a long list of music videos that have been banned in some form across the globe because of their touchy lyrics or depictions of drugs, sex and violence.
Flip through this gallery for examples.
Warning: Potentially not safe for viewing at work.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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