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[WATCH] Patti Smith covers Rihanna and Mikky Ekko

By Huntress Thompson

Fan footage of Patti Smith’s New Year’s Eve Eve concert at Webster Hall has surfaced – it shows her crooning a haunting cover of Rihanna’s 2013 single Stay.

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The song was originally co-written by Mikky Ekko and stomped considerably over 2013’s pop charts after the pair performed Stay at the 55th Grammy Awards last February.

67 year-old Smith’s dedication to one of the biggest pop songs in recent years seems unwavering in this clip, but what’s particularly moving is the punk icon’s brief struggle with the lyrics midway through the performance, and her muttering “I’m sorry, I’m just nervous” in her defense.

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