Rihanna's Whirlwind Year

Rihanna's Whirlwind Year

ESSENCE.COM Aug, 20, 2012

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Days after speaking with Oprah, Rihanna shoots a campaign as the newly crowned tourism spokesperson of Barbados.

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Rihanna welcomed Oprah to her native Barbados for an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter .

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Ever on the road, the Barbadian princess arrives in Tokyo, Japan before her performance at Summer Sonic 2012.

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The singer enjoyed a European vacation this summer, showing her pearly whites while jet skiing in St. Tropez.

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Rihanna and BFF Melissa spend the day shopping in St. Tropez before hopping on a luxury yacht.

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Rihanna enjoys more sun and fun in Sardinia, Italy during her European summer getaway.

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Rihanna performs on stage on day three of the Wireless Festival at Hyde Park on July 8, 2012 in London.

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The singer stays fashionable while walking in London prior to her performance at the Wireless Festival.

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Rihanna performs at the BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend at Hackney Marshes on June 24, 2012 in Hackney, United Kingdom.

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She joins her mentor Jay-Z on stage during BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend in Hackney, United Kingdom.

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Rihanna always causes a stir when she visits New York City. Here, she shops it up in the Big Apple.

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It was skin, skin, skin for Rihanna’s American Idol performance on May 23, 2012.

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The singer showed off legs for days at the Los Angeles premiere of her first feature film, Battleship.

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Rihanna alongside Eli Manning and Andy Samberg for her second Saturday Night Live appearance on May 6, 2012.

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Though she did some acting for her debut Saturday Night Live appearance back in 2009, Rihanna only performed during her second appearance in 2012.

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Rihanna wows in a crocodile Tom Ford dress at the 2012 Met Gala in New york City on May 7, 2012.

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Rihanna is pretty in pink at the Time 100 Gala where she was among the honorees for the 100 Most Influential People of 2012.

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The singer shares a sweet moment with her mother Monica shortly after being honored at the Time 100 Gala.

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Rihanna performs onstage at the 15th Annual “An Unforgettable Evening” Benefiting EIF’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund in Beverly Hills.

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The “Where Have You Been” singer takes a break from her hectic schedule to enjoy a holiday in Hawaii.

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“I’m crazy, and I don’t pretend to be anything else,” Rihanna tweeted while partying at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California.

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Rihanna steps out in Sydney, Australia while doing rounds to promote Battleship.

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Days before jetting off to Coachella, Rihanna debuted a new hairdo for the Tokyo premiere of Battleship.

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Rihanna attends the Battleship press conference on the USS George Washington at U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.

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The singer poses for another Battleship photo opp in London.

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Proving she’s every bit as normal as the next girl, Rihanna shops for groceries in New York City for her grandmother’s birthday. She would later post photos of the celebration.

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Rihanna strikes a sexy pose while attending The BRIT Awards 2012 at the O2 Arena in London.

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Rihanna arrives at the Stella McCartney Special Presentation during London Fashion Week.

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Rihanna brought dad Ronald and brother Rajad as her dates to the 54th annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles.

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Rihanna rocked out in the performance of her hit song ’We Found Love" at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards.

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The songstress arrives at Roc Nation’s Annual Private Pre-Grammy Brunch at Soho House Los Angeles.

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Rihanna shows off her rocker-chic style at the Los Angeles premiere of Michael Jackson “The Immortal” World Tour.

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Rihanna leaves her hotel dressed in a gown and tribal makeup prior to her performance during the Robin Hood Foundation Benefit Gala in New York City.

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