The singer wore a two-tiered floor-length dress with a layer of large crocheted white flowers that rested on a shimmering silver-grey underlay to the NRJ music awards, where she picked up the gong for best international female.
Show-stopper: Rihanna strikes a red-carpet pose in her unusual two-tiered dress at the NRJ music awards in Cannes, France
The unusual high-collared dress had a low back that flaunted the tattoo that trails down the nape of her neck to her right shoulder-blade.
And despite slipping on a platform at the back of the stage after her performance of 'Russian Roulette' she picked herself up and walked off unharmed.
The raunchy and the demure: Rihanna's high-collared dress had a revealing low back
The evening was not without controversy however, after the Black Eyed Peas were mistakenly named Best International Group.
There was a collective boo when it was later revealed that an error had been made and German band Tokio Hotel were the real winners.
Silver service: Rihanna requires help up the steps in her delicateglittery number with plunging back line