rihanna acmas 320 ACM Awards 2011: Jennifer Nettles and Rihanna share a 'California King Bed'When it was first reported that Rihanna would collaborate with Sugarland songstress Jennifer Nettles at the Academy of Country Music Awards, we naturally assumed it would be for a cover of C+C Music Factory‘s “Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.”

No, not really, but it did seem like an odd pairing — until we saw it go down. Their collaboration on a slightly country-fied version of Rihanna’s “California King Bed” saw both ladies belting it and bringing the crowd to their feet.

Other than our sneaking suspicion that some country purist lowered the volume on Rihanna’s mic, the number seemed to go off without a hitch.

And can we give a special hand to Rihanna for fully embracing the evening? It probably takes a lot for a girl from Barbados to wear white fringe.

Posted by:Mikey O'Connell