Rita Ora showed off her toned midriff in an odd ensemble as she performed “R.I.P.” at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend in London. I’m still not a fan of the song, but the London-bred songstress is quite the performer. Rita’s Roc Nation debut, Ora, is due out in September.
Leona Lewis opened up the festival with a rendition of “Coming Home.” The British songbird followed with an island-tinged medley of “Better In Time” and “Man Down.” The mellow singer introduced “Come Alive,” a new song lifted from her oft-delayed album, Glassheart. She finished her set with “Bleeding Love,” “Collide” and “Run.”
Emeli Sandé also represented for the home team. The “My Kind of Love” singer’s vocals soared with an energetic performance of “Heaven,” a song from her debut album, Our Version of Events. I’m not sure if the synchronization of the video is off or the drummer was not familiar with the song, but something went wrong.
New Yorkers may not appreciate the generic, auto-tune-filled “Starships,” but Londoners sure do. Nicki Minaj gave Peter Rosenberg more ammo by poorly miming throughout the entire performance.
Trey Songz hit the stage to perform “Heart Attack,” the lead single from his forthcoming album, Chapter V (Aug. 21). He also performed “Can’t Be Friends.” To my surprise, he did quite well.
Rita Ora – “R.I.P.”
Leona Lewis’ Full Set
Emeli Sandé – “Heaven”
Nicki Minaj – “Starships”
Trey Songz – “Heart Attack”
“Can’t Be Friends”