Who Did “Love The Way You Lie” Better: Rihanna Or Skylar Grey?

Robbie Daw / February 1, 2011

You know Eminem and Rihanna’s version of “Love The Way You Lie.” And you know Rihanna’s rendition where she takes lead vocals, from her album Loud. Now prepare to hear songwriter Skylar Grey’s original demo for the Grammy-nominated tune. “I wrote the demo initially for myself because I thought, ‘Oh, I have this big song, and now I have a little bit of a launching pad to put out my own stuff’,” Skylar, whose real name is Holly Hafferman, told PopEater. Listen to the original version of the song below.

Grey continued: “As soon as Rihanna and her team heard my demo, they were like, ‘Oh we want it for Rihanna’s album,’ so I had to make the decision if I was going to let them have it or not. But I did and so it was on Rihanna’s album, too.”

“Love The Way You Lie” is currently nominated for a total of five Grammys, including Record and Song of the year, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Last month we talked to “Love The Way You Lie” producer Alex Da Kid, who had this to say about Skylar:

“She’s signed to my production company and I’m just in the middle of negotiating a label situation through a major record company. We figure probably by January or February I’ll make it concrete and we’ll go from there. To me she’s an amazing artist. She plays like nine or ten instruments. She writes amazing songs. She’s the real deal.”

Obviously Eminem and Rihanna made “Love The Way You Lie” famous all over the world. Do you think Skylar, who also co-wrote Diddy-Dirty Money’s current hit “Coming Home,” should have kept the song for herself?