By Meghan Blalock
Updated Nov 12, 2012 @ 12:09 pm
Rihanna SNL
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Rihanna is really out to prove her staying power! The oft-provocative singer's seventh studio album, Unapologetic, comes out November 19. And in support of its release, RiRi appeared on this weekend's Saturday Night Live (introduced by host Anne Hathaway). Backed only by a solitary piano and string accompaniment, she took to the stage to premiere her new song, "Stay," and we have to say—we loved it. Rihanna's performance of the heart-wrenching ballad was fervent and honest, showing off her powerful pipes in a way we haven't quite seen before from the Bajan beauty. If the rest of the album is anything like this track, be prepared for an entirely new side of the singer. Watch the video clip above and judge for yourself.

Plus, see Rihanna (and much more) at the VS Fashion Show!