After weeks of emotional interviews and promotional appearances, Rihanna was finally able to clown around on network television this weekend during her musical guest stint on Saturday Night Live, co-starring with Andy Samberg in the SNL Digital Short "Shy Ronnie." In the clip above, watch as Rihanna and Shy Ronnie shoot a music video in a 1st grade classroom, with Rihanna using her robotic coo to tell Shy Ronnie that he's holding the microphone too close to his mouth and alert the audience that he had in fact urinated himself. "Shoulda just paid Kanye, bye Shy Ronnie," Rihanna sings as she exits the classroom.
In previous SNL wrap-ups, Rolling Stone has noted that the Rockefeller Center stage has been kinder to rockers than pop acts, and apparently Rihanna got that memo as the singer came to Gossip Girl's Blake Lively-hosted episode backed by a powerhouse eight-piece rock band, featuring Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, for her performances of Rated R's "Hard" and "Russian Roulette." The added oomph behind Rihanna led to an extra heavy metal version of "Hard," which featured Young Jeezy. Rihanna's army of guitars also enlivened "Russian Roulette" as the singer wore medieval chain mail fashionably around her head. Check out the performance of "Roulette" below:
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