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Rihanna Dedicates 'Diamonds' Performance to Victims of Nice Terror Attack

by Sophie Schillaci 10:59 AM PDT, July 20, 2016
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Rihanna paid tribute to victims of the Bastille Day terror attack in Nice, France, with a touching performance.

The 28-year-old singer took the stage at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, on Tuesday, asking fans to "help me light this building up" by illuminating cell phones, flashlights and lighters, while she belted out her hit song "Diamonds." On stage, Rihanna was surrounded by the colors of the French flag.

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"This next song, I want to dedicate to the people of Nice who've suffered," Rihanna told the audience. "People who've been traumatized, the victims and their families."

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Rihanna was in Nice at the time of the horrifying attack, which killed 84 people and injured more than 200 others, as she was scheduled to perform in the city on the following day. Her show was quickly canceled.

"Due to the tragic events in #Nice, my concert scheduled for tomorrow July 15 at Allianz Stadium will not be going ahead as planned," Rihanna posted on Instagram at the time, along with an illustration of a heart colored as the French flag. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Rihanna's ANTI tour continues to roll through Europe this summer, with dates in Barcelona, Spain; Lille, France; Prague, Czech Republic; Cologne, Germany; and Paris, France; continuing through the end of July.

Meanwhile, Rihanna has also been promoting her new song "Sledgehammer," which is featured in the upcoming Star Trek film. Find out more about the project below.

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