Rihanna may be planning to take a much-deserved break from the entertainment industry once she wraps up her 27-city Diamonds World Tour later this year, but during Friday night's kick-off performance in Buffalo, New York, the Barbadian songstress was most CERTAINLY at the top of her game - both vocally, and stylistically (in her River Island designs, of course)!
…Even if the show did start later than expected, after 10pm!
Ch-ch-check out our RiRi has she opened with the incredibly powerful Mother Mary, before segueing into Phresh Off The Runway, Birthday Cake, Talk That Talk, Pour It Up, Cockiness…and later Numb, Jump, Umbrella, All of the Lights, and Rockstar 101 (above)!
SERIOUSLY! Could she have picked a better setlist?!
It's like she compiled it with US exclusively in mind!
As she reportedly announced to the crowd at the First Niagra Center:
'You guys are all rockstars. There is only one first show, you all have a special place in my heart!'
And after all the excitement, she took to Twitter to share:
#BUFFALO I will never forget how you made me feel tonight!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!! #1Love always
Although the 36-year-old celebrated her birthday privately over the weekend, she did make several public appearances this week: once getting froyo with Jonathan Cheban on Monday, followed by two trips to Kanye West's performances at The Forum both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.