Rihanna criticized for ‘boring’ Ambani pre-wedding concert that cost $6 million

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Rihanna at the Indian pre-wedding celebration.

R&B superstar Rihanna drew criticism from netizens for her “lazy” performance at the pre-wedding celebration for the son of Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani.

The pre-wedding bash in India was for Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, and his long-time girlfriend, Radhika Merchant.

It was the first full-show performance for Rihanna in eight years. She was reportedly paid $6 million for a 90-minute set, according to Daily Mail. Her wedding performance set list reportedly has 19 songs of her chart-topping hits, including “Diamonds,” “Where Have You Been,” “Rude Boy,” and “Pour it Up.”

While many fans were delighted at seeing her perform on stage again, others called her out for putting a “bare minimum” and “boring” show.

“I used to think that Rihanna just didn’t care about her performances but then I realized she’s just bad at it and she has a big enough ego while being insulated by yes people that she doesn’t see that she’s below average in this area,” a Reddit user wrote.

Rihanna performed for more than 1,000 guests that included Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Ivanka Trump, as well as Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shreya Ghoshal.

A clip of her performance has gotten over 2.5 million views on X. Other video footage of the performance has also made its way to Reddit.

“She was paid millions for this performance.. but it’s not giving rehearsed for very long or really that invested in giving a professional well thought out performance,” a netizen wrote.

“People acting like Rihanna hasn’t always performed like this… I LOVE Rihanna but I always tell people her concerts have been some of the most boring I’ve been to,” another social media user commented.

“Should’ve flown Tom Holland in and do his umbrella routine. 1.000.000x more energy,” a Reddit user joked.

Rihanna had said the show was “the best”, and admitted she hasn’t done a “real show in eight years”. She appeared at the Oscars and the Super Bowl halftime last year. Her last full concert was in 2016.

The lavish pre-wedding festivities serve as a prelude to the upcoming wedding of Anant Ambani and Radhika Merchant. It began on Friday in the Gujarat state where the Ambanis have their main oil refinery. The wedding is scheduled in July.

Anant is a director at Reliance’s new energy business and one of Ambani’s three children who are the heirs to his empire. Merchant is a director at India’s Encore Healthcare.

Guests were reportedly treated to 500 dishes created by around 100 chefs and pampered by hair stylists, makeup artists and designers. Guests were also offered charter jet flights. ICA/Expat Media

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