Watch Rihanna perform ‘Lemon’ for the first time

The singer's collaboration with N.E.R.D. was released earlier this year

Rihanna performed ‘Lemon’ live for the first time earlier this week.

The singer made an appearance on the recorded version of the track, which was the first to be released from N.E.R.D.‘s highly anticipated first album in seven years.

On Thursday (December 21), Rihanna showed up at the Top Dawg Entertainment holiday party in Los Angeles, where she performed a handful of tracks. As well as ‘Lemon’, she also sang a snippet of her DJ Khaled collaboration ‘Wild Thoughts’, and performed ‘LOYALTY’ with Kendrick Lamar for the first time.

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Watch footage of all three performances below, via Spin.

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Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook recently spoke out in praise of Rihanna and Taylor Swift. “You admire them for different reasons,” Hook told NME. “You admire someone like Rihanna who takes a lot from dance music.  Without what happened in England in 1986/87, there would be no Rihanna. I like her attitude, I think she’s like a cooler Madonna.

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“If you look at someone like Taylor Swift, god bless her, why you might not like her music, she took stand against that guy for the sexual misbehaviour. She took a stand against Spotify because they were basically ripping musicians off. Musicians and unions would never do that, but Taylor Swift did it.”

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