The Re-Arrival of Rihanna at the 2012 MTV VMAs

September 7, 2012 By:

It’s a new era of RiRi’s career, and it’s looking vibrant, mature, and full of life…

Rihanna opened the 2012 Video Music Awards with a bang, glowing in a blazing red gown and tribal headband that highlighted her spanking new, shortened hairdo.

Backed by a massive Cobra head stage prop and a sea of stage dancers, the “Talk That Talk” singer took the stage at the VMAs, performing two of her hits.

Rihanna sang “Cockiness” alongside A$AP Rocky and her megahit “We Found Love,” which she sang solo inside the adrenaline-fueled, dancing crowd.

Katy Perry, who seemed attached at Rihanna’s hip for the night, certainly approved of the performance.

“How sexy was my girl Rihanna tonight?” she asked, prior to presenting the award for "Best Pop Video."

The crowd agreed, cheering on cue.