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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Raunchy Rihanna rocks the Brits

Rihanna put on a raunchy performance at the Brits
Rihanna put on a raunchy performance at the Brits
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rihanna accepts the International Female award on stage at the The BRIT Awards 2011 at O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rihanna accepts the International Female award on stage at the The BRIT Awards 2011 at O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Rihanna arriving for the 2011 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rihanna performs live onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rihanna performs live onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Katherine Jenkins arriving for the 2011 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Cee Lo Green arriving for the 2011 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Jessie J wins the Critics Choice Brit Award 2011 at the O2 in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Jessie J wins the Critics Choice Brit Award 2011 at the O2 in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Rihanna (left) and Pixie Lott (right) during the 2011 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Cheryl Cole (left) and Rihanna (right) chat during the 2011 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Robbie Williams (right) and Olly Murs (left) during the 2011 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Laura Marling after she won the Best British Female Brit Award 2011 at the O2 in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Tinie Tempah after winning the Best British Single and British Breakthrough Brit Awards 2011 at the O2 in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 15, 2011. See PA story SHOWBIZ Brits. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Tinie Tempah and Labyrinth onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Will Young and Avril Lavigne present the 'International Breakthrough Act' Award onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Cee Lo Green poses with his award for Best International Male Solo Artist in the winners area at the BRIT Awards 2011 at the O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: MNDR (L) and Wretch 32 (R) perform with Mark Ronson and the The Business Intl at the War Child BRITs Party at O2 Indigo on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: MNDR performs with Mark Ronson and the The Business Intl at the War Child BRITs Party at O2 Indigo on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Alex Greenwald performs with Mark Ronson and the The Business Intl at the War Child BRITs Party at O2 Indigo on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: MNDR performs with Mark Ronson and the The Business Intl at the War Child BRITs Party at O2 Indigo on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: MNDR performs with Mark Ronson and the The Business Intl at the War Child BRITs Party at O2 Indigo on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Cheryl Cole
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Dizzee Rascal attends The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Alesha Dixon attends The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Cheryl Cole is greeted by Peter Andre as she attends The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Peter Andre talks to Cheryl Cole as she arrives for The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams of Take That perform onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Plan B performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2011 at O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Singer Justin Beiber poses with his award for Internation Breakthrough Act in the winners area at the BRIT Awards 2011 at the O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Cheryl Cole presents the award for International Female onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, Richard Reed Parry, William Butler, Jeremy Gara, Sarah Neufeld and Tim Kingsbury of band The Arcade Fire pose winners of Best International Group and Best International Album pose in the winners area at the BRIT Awards 2011 at the O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Tinie Tempah and Labyrinth onstage at The Brit Awards 2011 held at The O2 Arena on February 15, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Take That kicked off this year's Brit Awards with a show-stopping performance of their new single Kidz, while Rihanna brought the raunch to the O2 as she stripped down to a sexy leotard.

All five members of Take That - Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange, Howard Donald and Robbie Williams - took to the stage at the O2 Arena in London, accompanied by an advance guard of dancers dressed like riot police complete with branded shields.

It was the routine they were meant to perform at The X Factor final which was reportedly axed by show boss, Simon Cowell, shortly after clashes between police and students over university tuition fees.

Rihanna later took to the stage in a stunning red dress, before stripping down to a revealing black leotard as she performed her hits What's My Name and Only Girl In The World.

Plan B, meanwhile, recreated a courtroom drama and a riot for his Brits medley of She Said and Prayin'. Host James Corden joked that it was like "a particularly violent episode of Porridge".

As well as the big production numbers, there were also some impressive stripped-down performances. Adele relied on her unique vocal talents to belt out Someone Like You, while Mumford And Sons performed their song Timshel accompanied only by a guitar and a banjo.

Arguably the performance of the night came from double Brit winner Tinie Tempah, who brought a medley of his hits to the stage, accompanied by a line-up of lookalikes.

Canadian band Arcade Fire - who also took home two gongs - rocked the O2 stage with their song Ready To Start.

And Cee Lo Green closed the show, singing a duet of his massive hit Forget You with Paloma Faith.

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