The Cartier Event
Rita Ora: “I was so nervous. I did the show for Cartier and my label, Columbia, Roc Nation all came down. I’ve built such a relationship with them because we’ve worked on my album for two and a half years. Me and the band just rocked it and I was really happy with it.
“I performed my set, I did ‘R.I.P.’ and ‘How We Do.’ On top of that I did some album tracks, ‘Shine Your Light,’ ‘Roc the Life’ - that’s one of my favorite songs on the album.
Before a show, I have to focus, I can’t have people around me partying. I need silence and then I have to wait for a minute and then I go over the set in my head and I’m constantly shaking. It’s not a good feeling. As soon as I get on stage, it goes.
“Before a show, I have to focus, I can’t have people around me partying. I need silence and then I have to wait for a minute and then I go over the set in my head and I’m constantly shaking. It’s not a good feeling. As soon as I get on stage, it goes.
“Thank God Jay-Z and Beyoncé weren’t in the front row. I wasn’t nervous because it was them. I was nervous because we built the album together and now you’re finally seeing it as an audience. It was the first time Jay and Beyoncé actually could see me perform as an artist instead of seeing me as a recording artist. It’s like ‘Okay Rita, let’s do this.’
“I did a ‘Say My Name’ cover. Beyoncé didn’t know and I didn’t know she was going to be there. I do it in my set sometimes. That’s something that inspires me and that made me more nervous because no one could sing it better than her. I have to make it in my own way and we did it and she was apparently dancing on the couch, she was so happy. She was like ‘Wow.’ I don’t think anyone realized like I’ve been trained vocally a lot. I think I shocked a few people on how I’ve been trained. It was a good moment for me."