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Rihanna Commands the Stage at ACM Awards

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Rihanna gave country music fans an energizing show on Sunday night (April 3) at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Alongside Sugarland frontwoman Jennifer Nettles, Rihanna performed a country-tinged version of ‘California King Bed,’ a guitar-laden ballad from the pop chanteuse’s fifth studio album ‘Loud.’

Dressed in a white fringe dress and showing off her signature fiery red hair — this time she ditched the long tresses and opted for a styled, short ‘do — Rihanna belted out lyrics like, “In this California king bed/ We’re ten thousand miles apart/ I’ve been California wishing on these stars/ For your heart for me/ My California king,” while Jennifer, donning a black and purple pantsuit chimed in on the tune in her country twang, “Arm in arm/ Dusk to dawn/ With the curtains drawn/ And a little last night on these sheets/ So how come when I reach out my fingers/ It seems like more than distance between us.”

With a full band behind the two female powerhouses, Rihanna and Jennifer Nettles capped off the song with a warm embrace.

In the past, R&B stars like Keri Hilson and Beyonce have both performed with Sugarland at the ‘VH1 Divas Salute the Troops’ and American Music Awards respectively.

Watch Rihanna and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Perform ‘California King Bed’

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