Usher, Rihanna and Jay-Z Rock Nigeria, Despite Crowd Fight

R&B singers Usher and Rihanna and Hip Hop heavyweight Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter were in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, Saturday night to help kick of the countries THISDAY Music and Fashion Festival. Rihanna, who was the first act for the night, reportedly sent the crowd in a frenzy as she lead her performance with “Pon de Replay,” the first hit that brought her international fame. She continued the uproar by reeling out hits from all her albums, including “Turn Me On Boy,” “Shut Up and Drive” and a rendition of Bob Marley’s “This is Love.” She closed with her biggest hit to date, “Umbrella,” joined by Jay-Z on stage. Jay-Z, who was performing for the second time at the THISDAY Music and Fashion Festival, stayed on and proved why he has remained a favorite of music lovers in Nigeria over the years. He performed hits like “Show Me What You Got,” and a one sided rendition of “Crazy in Love,” since Beyonce didn’t make the trip. Up next Usher, who had the audience eating from the palm of his hands with his popular hits and incredible footwork as he danced on the stage. His latest “Love In The Club” sent event-goers wild as they sang and dance with him. On the negative note, Usher’s performance was temporarily marred by violence when a fight broke out in the crowd, according to reports. No one was seriously injured. View photos of Usher, Rihanna, and Jay-Z performing at ThisDay

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