Last night’s BET Awards, hosted by Regina Hall, were packed with must-see moments. There was an epic Mary J. Blige medley (featuring Lil Kim!), a tribute to rapper Nipsey Hussle, yet another incredible Lizzo performance, and an inspiring speech from Tyler Perry, to name just a few.
But for many Rihanna fans, the fact that the singer and Fenty beauty founder was in the house was the biggest news of all. The singer was on hand to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Blige. “Ladies and gentlemen, get on your feet right now, c’mon now,” she said from the stage. “The recipient of the 2019 BET Lifetime Achievement Award, the undeniable queen of hip-hop and R&B, Mary J. Blige.”
Rihanna’s fans, a.k.a. her “Navy,” quickly noticed that the singer was sporting newly red hair (although, her braids were a red hue when she went day drinking with Seth Meyers earlier in the week); that alone might not sound too noteworthy, but some of those fans think it’s a sign she’ll soon be releasing new music. “Rihanna changes her hair color when she’s about to drop an album,” one wrote on Twitter. “Rihanna has red hair again . music gonna be 🔥🔥👏👏,” another tweeted.
“Rihanna singing w red hair… we are that much closer to R9,” one social media user said, referring to Rihanna’s highly-anticipated ninth album.
Others simply loved the look and think it’s RiRi’s best color.
“It really does suck that it can’t just come out, because I’m working on a really fun one right now,” Rihanna recently told Sarah Paulson in Interview magazine about the new album. “I’m really happy with a lot of the material we have so far, but I am not going to put it out until it’s complete. It makes no sense to rush it, but I want it out. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m like, ‘Even if I don’t have the time to shoot videos, I’m going to put an album out.'”