The 2022 National Dog Show had a hilarious and confusing start involving Rihanna and Fleetwood Mac (yeah).
During the presentation of the contestants in the Herding category, announcer David Frei mistakenly told viewers during the NBC live broadcast that Rihanna, an Old English Sheepdog, was “named after a song of Fleetwood Mac”.
The iconic rock band makes not have a song called “Rihanna” in their decades-long discography, but they memorably released the tune “Rhiannon” in 1976. When reached for comment, Rihanna’s owner Clifford Steele of Happy Days Pet Resort, Inc., confirmed to EW that the dog was “named after the singer,” not the recording.
BNC; Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Old English Sheepdog Rihanna was named after the singer, not “a Fleetwood Mac song,” as National Dog Show host David Frei said on the NBC show.
Still, Rihanna the canine had a lot to celebrate at the National Dog Show: She placed second in the Herding category, the pinnacle of a long career that includes four Best in Show titles and 25 Group No. 1 finishes.
Rihanna the singer recently made her long-awaited return to solo pop music for the first time since 2016, after releasing her Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack song, “Lift Me Up,” in October. Like its puppy counterpart’s placement at the dog show, Rihanna’s “Lift Me Up” debuted at No. Billboard Hot 100, marking the latest in its growing line of Top 10 hits in the United States.
NBC Old English Sheepdog ‘Rihanna’
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