Rihanna performed her new single "Stay" at the 55th Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 10 live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 24-year-old stunner, in a vintage Azzedine Alaia gown, veered away from her usual choreagoraphy-laden dance performances to deliver the slow ballad with collaborator Mikky Ekko.
Contrary to rumors that reunited boyfriend Chris Brown was going to join her, the controversial rapper merely watched Rihanna dish out her intimate rendition. He gave her a rousing standing ovation along with the audience who applauded her soulful performance.
Album of the Year winner Mumford & Sons performed their hit song "I Will Wait" from their Billboard top ten album "Babel". Marcus Mumford and his band mates delighted the crowd which included show opener Taylor Swift who was spotted in the audience singing along to the guitar-heavy number.
Swift took the stage earlier that night, singing her hit song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". Donning a white magician-like outfit, she performed on an elaborate set which had an "Alice in Wonderland" theme.
In a unique team up, Adam Levine and Maroon 5 mashed up their single "Daylight" with Alicia Keys' "Girl on Fire". In contrast to her usual set-up of playing behind a grand piano, the R'n'B diva opted to pick-up drumsticks and tap away at a pair of drums for a rhythmic rendition of her smash hit. Although the joint performance onstage was an unlikely pairing, they managed to pull off the rare soul/R'n'B and pop rock collaboration, being top live acts individually.
Rihanna - "Stay":
Mumford & Sons - "I Will Wait":
Alicia Keys and Maroon 5 - "Girl on Fire" and "Daylight":
Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together":