Robyn Rihanna Fenty, popularly known as Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, and actress. She was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados and brought up in Bridgetown. In 2003, Rihanna recorded demo tapes, under producer Evan Rogers. She then went ahead and signed a recording contract with Def Jam Recordings, after auditioning for Jay Z, who was the president of the recording label by then.
Rihanna rose to fame in 2005 after releasing her first studio album, Music of the Sun. In 2006, she released her second album, A Girl like Me, which ranked on the top 10 of the US Billboard 200. Rihanna released her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad in 2007, an album which transformed her into a sex symbol. It’s the album’s lead single, Umbrella, which gave her an international breakthrough in her music career. As a result, the singer won her first Grammy Award in 2008 for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with Jay Z.
Her 2012 album, Unapologetic, won her a Grammy award and produced hits like Diamond and Stay featuring Mikky Ekko. Interestingly, the album was her first to hit number one on the pop charts. Rihanna was recognized as a pop icon after releasing four consecutive platinum studio albums. In 2016, she released her eighth album, Anti, and its lead single, Work, topped the US Billboard 200 and Hot 100.
She is one of the best-selling artists of all time, as she has sold over 230 million records worldwide. She has won 12 American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 8 Grammy Awards and the inaugural Icon Award at the American Music Awards in 2013.
In addition to her music career, the actress has also appeared in major films like Battleship (2012), This is the End (2013) and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2007)
It is assumed that Rihanna is a Christian, and she strongly believes in God. Also, the singer acknowledges that God had guided her throughout her life and music career. In a few occasions, she has tweeted “God is Love!!!”
During her infamous scandal with Chris Brown, she said,
“My friends and family have been extremely supportive, and everyone has been there for me. But at some point, you are there alone. It’s a lonely place to be – no one can understand. That’s when you get close to God.”
Rihanna likes to involve herself in her own country’s politics very much. In the US,she is a Democrat, and she has even performed during President Obama’s inauguration.
Rihanna has ever dated Dodgers baseball player Matt and Kemp, and Canadian rapper Drake. In January 2013, she confirmed that she had restarted her relationship with Chris Brown, even though Chris was still on probation following the 2009 domestic violence. The two confirmed their relationship in 2012 following persistent media speculations. In 2013, Chris Brown confirmed that they had broken up again with Rihanna.
- She has ever served in the Army Cadets.
- During her childhood, she struggled with crippling headaches.
- Barbados created a national holiday in February 2008 to honor the singer.
- Before going on stage, she always takes a shot of liquor to calm her nerves.
- Jay Z signed her on the same day they met.