Cover Roundup for Rihanna's 'Stay'
Rihanna’s “Stay” is here to stay … one way or another.
When RiRi performed the slow-burn ballad solo on SNL earlier this year, and then again with Mikky Ekko at the Grammys in February, America got to see a new, more vulnerable side to the perpetually hard-shelled pop diva.
And America has gotten to see a whole lot of “Stay” covers, too; from Vin Diesel’s indescribable basement-karaoke rendition to Rebecca Black’s latest bid for relevancy, we’ve rounded up the most memorable ones thus far:
The award for best straight cover goes to X Factor‘s Fifth Harmony, who released an acoustic version of the song that’s arguably better than anything they did on the show:
The second best goes to another reality show contestant, Adam Lambert. The ex Idol-ite has taken to performing “Stay” during his own shows and (shockingly) has no problem hitting the high notes:
The newest cover by Rebecca Black and Dave Days (who?) also goes the acoustic-guitar route but adds a bit more youthful naiveté to the tune. The “Friday” viral phenom and her duet partner recorded a video to accompany their cover, which features them sitting in various locations and looking pensive:
Finally, there is Vin Diesel:
Which cover is your favorite? Better yet, who do you want to see cover the song next? My vote is for Justin Timberlake. Why not, right?