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This is a traditional adult contemporary ballad from Rihanna, who duets with the song's co-writer, Mikky Ekko, over piano and sparse ambient textures that are secondary to the vocal performances. The singers convey an intense if hesitant attraction in a compelling manner, despite some affectations from Rihanna. Its placement on Unapologetic is polarizing -- it's either a striking and emotionally bare highlight, or a skip-able lull. Following the duo's performance of "Stay" at the 2013 Grammy Awards, the song entered the Hot 100 at number 57, and then vaulted to number three the following week.