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CHARITABLY SEXY: Rihanna Rocks Tom Ford To Honor The Designer With amfAR Award, Drops $135K On Diamonds & Art

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Rihanna's red (in this case, black) carpet skills are pretty much perfect.  Or, as the kids say, on fleek.  Check out the "Pour It Up" singer flashing her flawless goodies at last night's amfAR event in head to toe Tom Ford inside...

Last night at Milk Studios in Hollywood, Rihanna brought her girls, her legs and everything else to the yard for one of her sexiest red carpet looks yet. And it didn't mater that it was for charity:

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For the 2014 amfAR LA Inspiration Gala, Rih rocked a white cut-out, super high split gown featuring an embellished bra (that covered up just enough) from the Tom Ford Spring 2015 collection.  And she topped off her look with Tom Ford metallic ankle wrap platform sandals...to match her nipple jewels of course.

She did her designer friend right by rocking the look like only she can.  Rihanna tweeted before the event:

Tonight I’m presenting the #amfARInspiration Award to my friend @Tom_Ford. His commitment to @amfAR is truly inspirational.

Nice.

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Leave it to Rih to give the look even more of a punch with the sexy thigh high stockings.

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Chick sat next to Justin Timberlake and didn't leave empty handed.  The event was a fundraiser as well, and she clearly took it seriously.  VOGUE UK dished on her expensive auction haul saying:

She paid $35,000 for a pair of Harry Winston diamond link earrings featuring 72 diamonds set in platinum, and $100,000 on the photograph "Elizabeth Taylor at the Eden Roc" by Willy Rizzo, signed and numbered by the artist.

Work.

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The MAC spokeswoman had some fun with Tom, and presented him with his award.

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During her speech, Rihanna gushed about her long time designer friend and his talent with both clothing design and giving back:

"Everyone looks good in Tom Ford. Throughout his career, Tom has been committed to giving back to the community. He has been, and continues to be, a dedicated supporter of the fight against AIDS. He's been a generous friend to amfAR for many years, and is a loyal supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Over the past 20 years, Tom Ford has been honored with every major fashion award there is. Tonight, we honor him both for his incredible talent and for what he stands for. We honor him for inspiring us with his creative genius, his leadership, his integrity, and his generosity. We honor him for doing good while making us look good."

Sweet!

Check out a few videos from the carpet below with Rihanna and Tom, also featuring host of the night Gwyneth Paltrow, Miley Cyrus, and Kenneth Cole:

Are we loving her look?

 

Photos: Getty

VIBE Calls Sam Smith The Ruler Of Soul Music + Keyshia Cole Pops Back At Piano-Dance Haters

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VIBE may have ruffled a few feathers with their new cover story about "Stay" singer Sam Smith.  Check out the title they gave him inside, plus Keyshia Cole is mad again...

Between "Stay" and "Latch" (and the plenty of other songs we bump on the daily), Sam Smith has taken over America with his soulful voice and refreshingly honest vibe.  So when Vibe splashed the UK star on their cover and crowned him (and his album The Lonely Hour) the ruler of soul, they got exactly what they wanted: Heavy debate about what this means exactly.

The mag wrote:

Sam Smith will own the Grammys. Quote us. The blue-eyed singer is 2014’s soul controller. Deal with it. While resting in his Cambridge hometown, UK’s latest import gets real on the annoying fame monster, being gay and those constant Adele comparisons.

Here's a few highights from the Sam's cover story--

On Adele and Ed Sheeran comparisons

I think if we’re going to talk about the percentage of people who are ripped, and skinny and beautiful-looking, we’re not all like that. I will take a page out of Adele’s book. She said ‘I make music for the ears not the eyes.’ I will say that too. I make my music for people to listen to—for people to hear my voice and hear what I’m saying. I’m not bothered about what I’m wearing or my weight.

Ed is at a completely different stage in his career and so is Adele. The similarities between me and Adele, I think they’re quite lazy, actually. What I do take from it is that it must be about songwriting, the fact that we don’t twerk on stage and we stand and actually sing.

On whether he was scared that coming out would affect album sales

Of course! I thought about doing it after the album was released. But that’s not true to me and I wanted people to know where I’m coming from on the record. But my fear was that some stupid people in the world weren’t going to pick up a piece of work that I was very proud of just because of their views. I listen to Beyonce albums, Stevie Wonder albums, John Legend albums. They’re straight people talking about love yet I can still relate to their music and they can still relate to mine.

On being a gay man in the UK vs. the U.S.

Truthfully, it’s completely the same, which is surprising to me actually. It doesn’t seem to be an issue. I make music for everyone. Music is limitless, that’s what I like to think. Whether I’m in America or Japan, it’s all love and I hope it continues.

On working with Mary J. Blige

Unbelievable. I find it hard to be myself sometimes on a record. Working with Mary was one of the first times I was just myself. Mary J. Blige shows who she is, flaws and all, and that is so inspiring. I call Mary a friend and I call her up and I’ll text her and she’ll text me just to see how I’m doing and to have support from someone like that is truly unbelievable. I am so privileged to be part of her record.

Peep the behind the scenes action below:
 

Check out VIBE for the full digital cover story.

Speaking of things that have social media up in arms, Keyshia Cole is mad again y'all.  After her "piano dance" for Birdman, or whatever you wan to call it, Twitter and IG had PLENTY to say.  As the dragging continued--including people asking if she was on drugs--Keyshia has had enough. 

She posted:

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Oh.

 

Photos: Alberto Oviedo for VIBE, Keyshia's IG

“LAHH ATL” Stars Benzino & Althea Allegedly AXED From The Show! + Cassie INJURED After ATV ACCIDENT In Dubai

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“LAHH ATL” has lost two of its stars…Benzino and Althea were given their walkings papers. Meanwhile, Cassie suffered a few injuries after being involved in an accident while riding an ATV. Deets inside….

Looks like the next season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” will be minus two familiar faces. Hip Hop Weekly’s creator Benzino and his fiancée (possibly wife) Althea have allegedly been fired from the hit VH1 reality series. Why? Well…it seems producers of the show sided with Joseline Hernandez when it came to who had to go after their infamous showdown during the reunion taping.

Sources tell TMZ they were given their pink slips this morning with no explanation.

You’ll recall, “LAHH ATL” stars Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J got into a huge brawl with Benzino and Althea as they taped the last season reunion show. Benzino feels he and Althea are being used as the scapegoats, even though other castmates felt Joseline should be the one fired from the show.

Well…we all knew that wasn’t going to happen. Drama and foolywang=higher ratings. They aren’t getting rid of their cash cow anytime soon.
 

In other news...

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Cassie took a huge spill while riding a four-wheeler in Dubai yesterday. The face of Diddy’s Ciroc Pineapple vodka (and rumored girlfriend) was enjoying a wild ride on the back of an ATV, racing through the Dubai desert when her ATV apparently collided with a huge sand dune causing her to crash.

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The “Numb” singer suffered a busted lip and a bruise to her forehead (atop), but seems to be doing ok after the mishap. She posted photos on Instagram of her shattered Ray Ban sunglasses with the caption, “#after & never again because I love my mommy”.

Peep her in action below:

 

#during #ATV #ridin

A video posted by Casandra (@cassie) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:36pm PDT

 

Glad she's ok.

Photos: Althea's IG/Cassie's IG/@venturasince1986

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