Usually the tough girl posturing is a cover up for a very sensitive soul. Rihanna cut the ’I don’t give an eff’ attitude for four minutes of makeup free, teary-eyed, glistening wet, raw emotion in the video for “Stay.”
“Stay” is the Unapologetic ballad imploring a lover (likely Chris Brown) to stay. Director Sophie Muller stripped Rihanna, literally, down to nothing with a minimalist approach. In a bathtub of water you believe Rihanna can’t live without him. She makes you want him to stay for her. Mikky Ekko is fully clothed in his cameo, but his sadness is palpable.
Each of Rihanna’s numerous performances of “Stay” vocally surpasses its last, including Sunday’s Grammys performance as one of her best. She has an obvious connection to this song in particular, one that’s conveyed on-screen only by getting her alone and bare.