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Rihanna turns 22 today. What a difference a year makes!

The singer will ring in her birthday with a very "private and intimate" bash thrown for her by her boyfriend, L.A. Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp, according to reports.

Last year, a carnival-themed 21st birthday bash for her in NYC was canceled due to the craziness surrounding the attack she suffered at the hands of Chris Brown.

This year, with that in mind:

"(Matt) really wanted to do something nice for Rihanna as she didn't have much of a 21st birthday last year," says an E! News source. Nice guy, that Matt Kemp.

Rihanna's new man is treating her right!

The party, which was going to be a surprise until she caught on, will be a low-key night with "close friends, Jamaican food, a photo booth, dancing and cake."

Sounds ideal if you ask us. Hope all your wishes come true, Birthday Girl! Here's a little tribute we put together of Rihanna pictures to mark the special day.

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We saw the promotional pics yesterday, how here's the real deal: the vibrant, sexually-charged new video for Rihanna's newest single "Rude Boy."

Mad booty shakin', come-hither looks and pop art in the style of Andy Warhol are featured. As are some fairly bizarre images and suggestive lyrics.

Rihanna singing "Come here rude boy, boy, is you big enough?" While she's riding several, um, well-endowed mammals as a lion and a zebra?

Let's hope Matt Kemp measures up to her expectations...

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Rihanna's new video is going to be something.

There is a zebra involved, as well as her wearing something resembling a cheesecloth suit made of gold and a leopard print cap. Pretty standard fare.

Future Mr. & Mrs. Chris Brown

Donning outrageous fashion only Lady Gaga could compete with, Rihanna appears below in some pics from her upcoming music video for “Rude Boy."

The 21-year-old beauty from Barbados says "a lot of my videos are really dark and edgy and tough,” but this one is more along the lines of her roots.

Those be some crazy roots ...

Rihanna is really pushing the fashion envelope with this getup.

The "Rude Boy" music video, shot by Melina Matsoukas (who also directed the video for RiRi's last single, "Hard"), is scheduled to debut on February 11.

Click to enlarge more Rihanna pictures from the shoot below ...

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Some style showdowns are lopsided. Ke$ha and Heidi Klum? Come on. The eccentric singer is going to get blown out of the water faster than you can say Tik Tok.

Rihanna vs. Carrie Underwood is a tougher one to handicap, however.

Nominated for best rap collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West, Rihanna paired her usual fiery hair with an Elie Saab Haute Couture gown, Neil Lane diamond earrings, bracelet and rings mixed with two Diamond in the Rough rings.

Sorry you weren't there, Matt Kemp. But she looks great in photos!

Carrie, meanwhile, recently got engaged and looked the part of a would-be bride last night in a Georges Chakra gown with silver leather straps. Just gorgeous.

Who looked better, though? Vote in our survey below and decide:

Who looked better at last night's Grammys?

 

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Rihanna and rumored new love Matt Kemp have certainly not acted like they're "just friends, "but she says she's single and will be at the Grammys solo tonight.

So what the heck is going on with this hot, alleged couple here?

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A source close to Rihanna and Matt Kemp say the baseball star isn't exactly thrilled about the amount of media attention he has gotten since they began dating.

Dating a global music star, did he expect to be under the radar?

Matt is upset given "the negative publicity he's received over the last couple weeks." Does that imply he's the one sitting out the Grammy Awards by choice?

Rihanna and Matt Kemp sure act like a couple.

It's all good, though, the source says. Rihanna is cool with flying stag, but at the same time, "they are very much together and unfazed by recent events."

The negative attention and "recent events" would be rumors of Kemp's past with an ex-girlfriend and media outlets even comparing him to Chris Brown.

Kemp probably would have been happy to accompany Rihanna to the Grammy Awards if "this other nonsense" had not happened, an insider dished.

But, because things did, "He wouldn't want to take anything away from her having a perfect evening." Sounds like a pretty gentlemanly move to us.

Even better? Rihanna and Matt Kemp are set rendezvous next weekend in Miami for the Super Bowl. So all is well in hot, denied relationship land.

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Rihanna doesn't dwell on the past. She's got the tattoos to prove it.

Along with the Grammy Awards Sunday comes the unfortunate reminder of last year's incident with Chris Brown on the eve of the music biz's biggest night.

But the "Russian Roulette" singer is focusing on the future. To that end, on Ellen today, Rihanna expounded on the latest of her "approximately 13" tattoos.

"It reads, 'Never a failure, always a lesson,'" the 21-year-old said. "Basically, it's OK to make a mistake, just don't make them twice." Words to live by!

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Rihanna's got the right outlook on life, if not the right look when it comes to her hair. Seriously, what is that on her head? [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

Which, naturally, leads to questions about her current status in the land of love, where she has recently been linked to baseball star Matt Kemp.

"Are you dating anyone now?" inquired Ellen, never one to hold back.

"No, I'm single," replies Rihanna, echoing what she said yesterday.

"Really? What about the guy we keep seeing you with?" asked a surprised Ellen, referring to Kemp, who has been seen frequently with Rihanna.

To which Rihanna simply answers with a laugh. While we would love more info from her, at least she's smiling before the Grammys this year.

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Rihanna and Matt Kemp have certainly been having a good time of late.

Just don't expect him to be there at Sunday's Grammys: "I'm going alone, as always!" she told Us. "Even when I was in a relationship, I always have gone alone."

She then added, "I'm still single, if that's what you really want to ask!"

Single? What about the trip to Dubai? Or all that frolicking Rihanna and Matt Kemp did in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico? Or the pic of them at the NBA game below?

"It was a blast!" she said, coyly, about all of the above.

If Rihanna and Matt Kemp aren't dating ... what are they?

As for the Grammys Sunday night, she said she is "excited" about being nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West for "Run This Town."

"This was actually the first  music we did since the last Grammys," she said. "It's exciting that it's nominated. We cannot wait. We hope we bring home the bacon."

Even if she doesn't, she'll enjoy this year's show more than last. Rihanna's appearance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was cancelled after Chris Brown ... you know.

Kemp yesterday denied rumors involving his own abusive past.

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Love is in the air for Rihanna. But should she beware?

Questions are surfacing about the singer's new beau, L.A. Dodgers baseball star Matt Kemp, and allegedly abusive behavior by him toward women in the past.

Blah blah blah blah Chris Brown blah blah blah blah.

In June 2008, Kemp's ex-girlfriend, Felisha Terrell, filed a temporary restraining order against him, alleging she endured "constant verbal abuse and threats."

"He has other people calling me, stalking me and I feel afraid for my safety," she said, though the case never went beyond this both sides agreed to move on.

A rep for Terrell quickly released a statement yesterday when this story first broke, saying, "To be very clear, Matt was never physically abusive to Felisha."

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Should Rihanna watch out for new love Matt Kemp?

Terrell's attorney at the time, David Diamond, says the allegations were truthful: "It was the harassment, it was the stalking and it was the intimidation."

Kemp's camp denies all of it. His agent, Dave Stewart, says Terrell's case never moved forward "the statements made within [her complaint] were false."

"This happened a year ago and it's really a non-issue," he says. "He was saddened by the whole thing, especially considering [Rihanna's] been through."

Kemp's lawyer, Richard A. Stilz, further backs up the player, saying "He denied [the claims] emphatically, even verbal abuse. He's not that kind of person."

The singer's rep had no comment. Matt Kemp and Rihanna were first spotted as a couple over the New Year's holiday, vacationing in Dubai and Cabo.

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He says they're just friends. But do friends go clubbing?!

Okay, they might. But that's not the vibe we get here.

Rihanna and Matt Kemp enjoyed a night out at L.A. nightspot Voyeur over the weekend, according to reports. Matt was doting, making sure she had a drink in hand.

According to a fellow clubgoer, the two weren't afraid show affection, resting their hands on each other – and maybe best of all, they kept making each other laugh.

Pretty good sign in a relationship, right? We're going to go out on a limb and say Matt Kemp and Rihanna are dating, despite the vague denials issued by their reps.

What's not going out on a limb? Saying they're a hot couple!

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Non-couple Rihanna and Matt Kemp seem to be going strong!

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In February 2009, Rihanna reluctantly posed for a less then glamorous photo shoot down at the Los Angeles police station. She could barely open her eyes at the time.

What a difference a year makes.

Her relationship with Chris Brown is a thing of the past, she's got a new album out and climbing the charts, and RiRi is flat-out sizzling on the cover of W Magazine.

Matt Kemp is one lucky fella ...

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Of her new album, Rated R, she says it's fittingly titled.

"This was a different type of record for me. It was really personal; it was from me in the most authentic way. It’s like a movie, hence the title," Rihanna explains.

"When I was making this album, every day I was in a different mood. Sometimes I was pissed off, sometimes miserable. Every song brings out a different story.”

As with many Rihanna pictures we've come across lately, she looks pissed off, a little miserable and quite outrageous ... but hot! Click to enlarge ...

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