Take Cover: Rihanna's 'Diamonds'

Rolling Stone's Jenny Eliscu grades the YouTube stars covering the hit song

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Jade Novah

Usually when a YouTuber goes to the trouble (and expense) of producing a proper music video for their cover, it's to distract from an overproduced, generic, Autotuned-beyond-recognition musical performance. Jade Novah is the welcome exception – a singer with vocal chops that give Ri-Ri a run for her money, and with enough of her own bright-eyed personality to come across like an artist in her own right, not just a karaoke singer. The Cleveland singer-songwriter describes her sound as a fusion of R&B and Broadway, and she's got the theatricality to prove it. You can tell from her delivery, her facial expressions, and from the video itself that Novah has a sense of humor, but for further proof/LOLs, check out her "Beyonce Impersonation: The Untold Story of Keyonce Bowles" video.

Performance: A

Presentation: A

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