Throughout Rihanna's career, there's been an undercurrent of criticism: that she isn't that good of a singer. On Sunday night, at the 2016 MTV VMAs, she silenced those doubters.
In her last performance of the night, Rihanna performed a medley that included "Stay" and "Diamonds" — a series of songs that showcased her vocals, as opposed to the party anthems and dance tunes that made her famous. The arrangement was pared down, by Rihanna standards, at least — there wasn't any flash, just Rihanna belting out those ballads accompanied by an orchestra.
And she sounded fantastic — as good as any performance of the night (including