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Rihanna showed up several hours late to an event congratulating winners of her “Shine Bright Like A Diamond” contest, Friday (March 22). The singer left students at Barrington High School, near Chicagowaiting for over three hours, before finally showing face.

She was scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. but didn’t show up until after 5:30, while 2,500 students–who were told to arrive at 1:30 p.m.– awaited her arrival. Over an hour into the wait, Rih Rih tweeted that she was on her way, later posting a photo of being stuck in traffic.

By the time she arrived, some students had already left, but  for the ones who stayed, Rihanna gushed over their winning video submission.  “I was so impressed and touched seeing the video. I wanted to come and express that to you in person.” she told students.

In the video, students showcased their community service  and volunteer efforts.

The 25-year-old also recognized each particular charitable organization of which the teens belonged, by bringing them on stage. “I absolutely loved it,” said Zach Rowe, a senior at Barrington. “The fact that I was represented as part of Brother’s Keeper was a great honor. Hugging her on stage was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’m still shaking from it.”

After roughly 20 minutes, Rihanna left the school and headed to Chicago for a stop on her Diamonds world tour.

Photo: Matt Weidner

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