Speaking to UK tabloid The Sun, a supposed industry insider opened up about Riri's appearance and why the producers are waiting until the eleventh hour to confirm:
Brits bosses have wanted to get Rihanna for a long time, but they've been waiting for an answer. She has been finalising her album plans and wanted to get the Grammys out of the way before confirming a second performance. ... It looks highly likely that Kanye and [Paul McCartney] will both be unable to make the performance too so she could sing an entirely different song.
Blessing us with some new material would undoubtedly be a good move for the Barbadian superstar, given that despite its strong start, "FourFiveSeconds" isn't whipping up the same level of excitement as previous lead singles like "Diamonds" or "Only Girl (in the World)". Clocking in at a respectable number 15 on this week's Hot 100, and hitting the top 5 in most other major music markets, the song is riding the success of an enthusiastic response at radio and strong digital sales, but it doesn't feel like as much of an event as a Rihanna lead-track should.
Undoubtedly, Rihanna knew this would happen and may well be treating the song as a buzz track more than album opener, so it'll be interesting to see what she comes up with for the BRITs if she is indeed performing. Whilst it's as of yet unconfirmed, The Sun broke the news of Madge's performance weeks before it was announced so all evidence looks promising.
What she'll perform is also a mystery, but on the Grammy red carpet rapper ILOVEMAKENNON revealed to MTV news that he and Rihanna had plans to go into the studio for his debut album, due later this year. Whilst he also said that they have yet to hook up and didn't mention any plans for #R8, this adds a very different potential dynamic to Rihanna's current musical inclinations. Kanye has also confirmed that he'll be executively producing the record, so all bets are off as to what the sonic direction of the project will be.
What we do know is that whatever Rihanna choses to give us at the BRITs, it'll be a show-stopper. Between her outstanding vocals at the Grammys and consistent reputation for weird and wonderful live performances, there's no doubt Rih will deliver. Check out her last BRIT outing from 2012 to tide you over until official confirmation from BRITs HQ, which is sure to come any day now:
What would you like to see from Rihanna at this year's BRIT awards? More "FourFiveSeconds" realness or something new?