Much like a few other musicians and singers, Rihanna seems to be something of a gift that keeps on giving in regards to messy scenes. At least, if you count body paint, which we seem to since there’s a category for it. The most iconic I can think of is “Umbrella”.
There was also “Rockstar 101”, which features Slash (though mostly as an afterthought).
And if you don’t count bodypaint, there’s at least water which she’s used before. Like in the video for “Diamonds”…
…and a performance of said song on The X-Factor. Thanks to wamwamwam123 for tipping us off about it.
“But sliming, that’s awesome, that’s awesome. Getting slimed? I want to do that one time.”
And that’s what Rihanna herself has done in regards to getting messy. We’re not done yet though, since I don’t just count when the artist in question gets messy. First off, here’s a revisit of a revisit – the video for “Cheers (Drink To That)” has a brief scene of Avril Lavigne being pushed into a swimming pool on a skateboard.
There’s also her performance of “Only Girl in the World” on an older series of The X-Factor, where her backing dancers engage in a post-performance food fight. Amusingly, Dermot seems a bit more worried about it than Rihanna herself, though neither seem to get involved.
So, we remember previous discussions about “polywammers” and how to score them, right? I’ve also rather publicly been keeping a score of individual messy scenes. Using “poly” to mean “2 or more”, here’s what we’ve got:
Lady Gaga: 8
Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Katy Perry: 5
Amy Lee, Jessie J, Rihanna, Simone Simons, Toyah Wilcox: 4
Nicki Minaj, Shakira: 3
Alanis Morissette, Eleanor Phillips, Hayley Williams, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Maria Brink, Nicole Scherzinger, Stephanie Heinzmann: 2
Ami Onuki, Yumi Yoshimura: 1
Beyoncé, Gaga, Jessie, Katy, Nicki: 4
Ami, Toyah: 3
Amy, Avril, Simone, Alanis, Elle, Nicole, Shakira, Stephanie, Yumi: 2
Mariah, Hayley, Maria: 1
Beyoncé, Katy Perry: 9
Amy, Avril, Jessie, Toyah: 7
Ami, Mariah, Nicki, Rihanna, Simone: 6
Nicole, Shakira: 5
Alanis, Elle, Hayley, Kyary, Maria, Stephanie, Yumi: 4