Rihanna Goes Hard, Works Hard, Parties Hard

Lots of little girls grow up still dreaming of driving a car just like Barbie’s bright pink Corvette, but not Rihanna. Instead, the mononymous star had her sights on a different hot rod, and incorporated a bright pink tank into her July 17 performance at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

If you’ve wondered what could possibly be tackier than taking a stretched Hummer up and down the Strip, there’s your answer.

The day before her concert, Ri and her L.A. Dodgers boyfriend Matt Kemp hung out at the Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club, and she was spotted at Vanity later that night. (Much later, actually, arriving at about 2 a.m.)

Still, the songstress’ time in Vegas wasn’t all fun and games and bottle service: She logged some studio time, too, and laid down a few tracks at the Palms on Saturday afternoon. Still, judging from her room service tab, she wasn’t the only one working: N9NE Steakhouse received a call requesting a Kobe burger, salmon, gnocchi, green beans and two baked potatoes.

While RiRi was in the studio, her opening act, Ke$ha, was at Mandalay Bay, where she gave a daytime performance at Moorea Beach Club. Later that night, the protégé followed the headliner’s lead and rolled into The Bank at Bellagio with an entourage 30 people deep. Once inside, she sang along as the DJ played her track, “Tik Tok”—or, should we say, she pretended to do whatever it is that she does before the auto-tuners take over.

Meanwhile, Rihanna’s unofficial afterparty went down at Encore, where she and a 20-person posse took over a bungalow at Encore Beach Club. Spies say the group got there at about 1:30 a.m., and stayed for about 90 minutes before finally calling it a (late) night.