Rihanna performs first full concert in years at billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s party for son

Rihanna performs first full concert in years at billionaire Mukesh Ambani's party for son

Rihanna made a surprising return to the stage over the weekend, gracing the pre-wedding festivities of Anant Ambani, the son of Mukesh Ambani, Asia’s wealthiest individual, in Jamnagar, India. The exclusive event, held four months ahead of Anant’s scheduled July nuptials, attracted a high-profile guest list of nearly 1,200 attendees, including notable figures such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ivanka Trump, as reported by The Associated Press. Rihanna’s appearance at the celebration marked her first live performance since 2016, where she delighted the audience with renditions of her chart-topping hits like “Umbrella” and “Stay.”

Despite her hiatus from the concert stage, Rihanna’s return garnered mixed reactions from fans as videos of her performance circulated on social media platforms. While some praised her comeback, others criticized her delivery, suggesting she seemed out of practice or disinterested. Nevertheless, Rihanna expressed her enthusiasm for the show, acknowledging it as her first “real” concert in eight years during interactions with fans in India, as seen in clips shared on TikTok.

The lavish event, hosted by the Ambani family, underscored the opulent lifestyle associated with Mukesh Ambani’s vast fortune, estimated at $117 billion by Forbes. Notably, Rihanna’s performance follows a trend set by other international stars like Beyoncé, who previously entertained guests at the pre-wedding celebrations for Mukesh Ambani’s daughter, Isha Ambani, in 2018.

While Rihanna’s musical endeavors have taken a backseat in recent years, her personal life has undergone significant developments, including her relationship with rapper A$AP Rocky and the birth of their two children. Despite the hiatus from releasing new music since her 2016 album “Anti,” Rihanna has hinted at a potential return to the studio, with A$AP Rocky teasing fans with mentions of her ongoing work on new material. In interviews, Rihanna has acknowledged the challenges of returning to the stage after a prolonged absence but has expressed her commitment to delivering new music to her devoted fan base before embarking on a tour. As anticipation builds for her musical comeback, Rihanna remains a prominent figure in both the music industry and popular culture.