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Rihanna Performs “BBHMM” for the First Time at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Rihanna is back with a vengeance! The singer performed her just-released single “Bitch Better Have My Money” at tonight’s iHeartRadio Music Awards, and she was on fire.

The star emerged onstage from—what else—a helicopter. Flanked by dancers wearing all-black ensembles, Rihanna embodied the theme of her song in head-to-toe Versace, including a bright emerald green fur coat over an body-hugging LBD, leather thigh-high boots, a statement choker necklace, and bold sunnies. And she didn’t only look amazing: her dance moves also had us majorly impressed.

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Watch Rihanna’s killer performance from the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards below.

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Watch the Essence Black Women In Music Event Live Here Right Now

Tonight, Essence magazine is kicking off the Grammy Awards weekend with its 6th annual Black Women In Music event, and you can watch it live right here.

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The event heralds the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers in the industry, and this year’s show will celebrate the best and brightest moments in Black music over Essence’s 45-year history. Honoring the incredibly talented Jill Scott and featuring performances by Chaka Khan, Brandy, MC Lyte, and Lianne La Havas, the concert will represent each of the classic eras in music: the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s, and beyond.

For all of the details on Essence’s 2015 Black Women In Music event, visit essence.com.

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Get To Know Banks: Her Music, Style, and Love of Chanel

In the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now, Karl Lagerfeld’s resort collection for Chanel finds its match in Banks, the mercurial muse of a spare, new R&B vibe. She provides the soundtrack to a richly textured world, and he creates the stunning wardrobe you wear when you get there. The following is an excerpt from her feature.

How funny for an artist based in sunny Los Angeles, Banks is drawn to shadowy, solitary places. Not that the 26-year-old musician doesn’t love the spotlight. “Onstage,” she says, “I am the purest form of me, the me-est me, without any other voices dimming who I am.” One of a new breed of R&B singers, Banks, née Jillian Banks, writes visceral ballads that hang loosely on spare beats. Though it took a decade of toiling in obscurity to hone her début album, Goddess, garnered the kind of critical and popular reception worth waiting for when it was released this fall. “I was patient with myself,” says Banks. “By the time I started recording, the atmosphere was there in my head.” She describes her personal ozone as “moody, honest, and nocturnal.”

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Not surprisingly, nightfall also informs her fashion sensibility. “I like wearing a lot of black. Not just for the darkness of it,” she says. “Black is powerful.” Of course, here, dressed in the Chanel resort 2015 collection, she is less Maleficent and more Madeline. Karl Lagerfeld’s streak of brightness—evident in his densely patterned and ornately textured suits, tops, and dresses—is irresistible even to the most saturnine. “It is an exquisite collection,” says Banks cheerfully. “After all, Chanel is every girl’s dream and favorite thing in the world.”

For Banks’s full feature and to find out the five songs that shaped her, pick up the December issue of InStyle, on newsstands and available for digital download now.

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Fine Tuned: Olivia Somerlyn On Her Ethereal Wardrobe in the “Parachute” Music Video

Olivia Somerlyn may have a wealth of videos posted to her YouTube channel (and over 6,000 subscribers to boot), but only one of them is an actual music video. And for her first time creating a piece of visual art, the 20-year-old singer-songwriter took to it with uncharted enthusiasm: Not only did she design and style her own wardrobe, but she directed the whole shoot and brought on former tour mate Nick Jonas as a producer. “I wanted the wardrobe to represent the meaning behind the song,” she told InStyle.

The meaning is obvious after hearing the first refrain (brought to life after the youngest Jonas hummed the melody during a recording session). “It’s about attachment—when you’re being pulled into something and have no control,” Somerlyn said. And her wardrobe was meant to explicitly echo just that. “I wanted to wear something billowy and all-consuming,” she added. “It symbolizes how I’m completely trapped by this external force.” To create the ethereal number, the Cali native sketched how the front and sides would look using an actual parachute for design inspiration. For added flare, she adorned her nightgown-esque sheath with rose gold jewelry by Sara Weinstock.

At the end of the video, Somerlyn ultimately lets go off of her metaphorical cloth canopy (but not before being ushered above the Mojave Desert in a harness powered by an extremely large rig–the same one used by Katy Perry in her music video for “Roar”), which was yet another first for the singer. Given the profound legwork, we expect this one will be her most-clicked-on post to date.

Watch Somerlyn’s video below, and find out which tunes are currently on our radar here!

 

Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson Dress Up as One of the Dudes in Jenny Lewis’s New Music Video

Let’s give a round of applause to Jenny Lewis who just made our Tuesday so much better by releasing the music video for her new single “Just One of the Guys,” off her upcoming album The Voyager. Directed by Lewis herself, the video stars her pals Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway, and Brie Larson, and it’s awesome.

It starts out with Lewis in a rainbow-and-unicorn-patterned suit crooning in the foreground, as her trio of A-list pals act as her backup band strumming and swaying in all-white ensembles behind her. However, it’s not long before they all switch into tracksuits, don fake mustaches, and you know, just act like one of the guys. Watch the video below to see it all go down, and make sure not to miss Hathaway’s rat tail. Yes, really.

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