Rihanna came ready to roll at the iHeartRadio Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday night, and debuted her trap-inspired new single “Bitch Better Have My Money” live in a vibrant green fur coat, matching thigh-high pleather boots, and an abundance of confidence.
The pop star shouted through the charged, Kanye West-produced track in front of a black helicopter, its blades rotating lazily throughout the set, as her backup dancers multiplied from four to ten. She held court under rapidly flickering spotlights, shrugging her turquoise coat off her shoulders suggestively and whipping off her matching sunglasses midway to grin at her wild reception inside the arena. The track’s confrontational lyrics were delivered in full, the several profane moments bleeped live.
Her swagger was instantly admired by presenter Jeremy Piven, who took to the iHeartRadio stage immediately after her performance. “It’s hot in here. She was wearing a lime green fur coat!” he marveled. “I would be sweating like Rick Ross at a bikram yoga class.”