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rihanna takes over the saturday night live finale

The singer performed Bitch Better Have My Money and American Oxygen last night.

by Tom Ivin
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19 May 2015, 1:47am

In the final episode of the season of Saturday Night Live, hosted by Louis C.K., two-times i-D cover star and international icon Rihanna performed new anthem Bitch Better Have My Money and American Oxygen in a black jumpsuit and a variety of do-rags.

Rihanna closed the 40th year of the show with a bizarrely meta performance of BBHMM that managed to upstage even the live unveiling of the track at the recent iHeart Radio Awards, where she arrived in a helicopter. Like a 2015 answer to the call of Eminem's Stan, the performance began with BadGalRiRi in driving in front of a projection of a late night car chase, with quite literally, your wife in the backseat of her brand new foreign car, before a production crew carried off her props, leaving her with backup dancers and a wailing guitar solo on a bare stage.

Later in the night, on a stage set that echoed Kanye's recent 3-screen spotlit, minimalist live shows, Rihanna recreated the video forAmerican Oxygen, using footage of 9/11, the Obamas, homeless veterans and the USA flag, amongst others.

A triumphant end to a landmark year in SNL's history, which has faced criticism in recent years due to its lack of diversity in its cast and writing staff. Rihanna also made the headlines this week, after Dior dropped a trailer for its latest campaign, naming the artist as the first black woman to front a campaign in the fashion house's history.

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