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Video: Rihanna Sings "Livin' On a Prayer" With Bon Jovi

Rihanna makes a surprise appearance with the band in Spain

November 8, 2010 12:24 PM ET

"Wait!...did I just rock out with Bon Jovi tonight???" Rihanna tweeted after joining the band for "Livin' On A Prayer" at a pre-European Music Awards concert in Madrid Saturday night. "WTFFFF!!!!!!!" The surprise duet was the highlight of the intimate gig, which also featured "Wanted Dead or Alive" and Bon Jovi's new single "What Do You Got?" Sadly, Rihanna didn't convince the group to tackle "Rude Boy" or "Shut Up And Drive."

Photos: Katy Perry, Kings of Leon, Bon Jovi, Rihanna and more from the 2010 MTV Europe Music Awards

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