Rihanna and the crowd in Hackney, London, defied the rest of the UK's attention towards the football last night (June 24, 2012) by bringing to a close Bbc Radio 1's Hackney Weekend, with a cameo from Jay Z reciprocating the appearance she'd made the previous night during his own headlining set in the London borough.
Many were expected to give the event a miss last night, such is the national interest in football, with England meeting Italy in the European Championships quarter-final. However a dogged crowd stayed till the end and were rewarded with a hit-laden set that kicked off with 'Only Girl (In The World)' and included her performing her collaboration with Eminem, 'Love The Way You Lie,' solo. A live collaboration was forthcoming though, with Jay Z joining RiRi on stage for another rendition of their track 'Run This Town' - the song they'd performed together the previous evening - before performing 'Talk That Talk' and 'Umbrella' to a blown away audience. Rihanna finished her set with 'We Found Love'.
As amazing as that was, it wasn't quite as impressive as the array of the stars Hova had wheeled out for his set the night before; as well as Rihanna, M.I.A and his 'Watch The Throne' collaborator Kanye West were on hand to help the rap legend through his mammoth set.