Rihanna enters a makeshift karaoke room where three intoxicated women, unaware of the megastar’s presence, are bumbling through Elton John’s “Bennie and the Jets.”
It’s 1 a.m. on Saturday in Los Angeles. Rihanna grabs the karaoke songbook, pondering what to perform for the stunned crowd of two dozen onlookers at Miguel’s Wildheart Motel, a costly art project — named after his Grammy-nominated album Wildheart — that ambitiously transformed 21 rooms at the Summit Motel into immersive art pieces.
“Bennie and the Jets” ends, and the DJ plays Rihanna’s monster hit “Umbrella.” Unimpressed with the DJ’s mistimed selection, Rihanna playfully rolls her eyes before her actual song choice comes on. With a microphone in one hand and a beer bottle in the other, the 27-year-old steps onstage as the opening notes of Mary J. Blige’s 1996 single “Not Gon’ Cry” from the…. READ FULL STORY via forbes.com -> HERE!