Robyn Rihanna Fenty NH (born February 20, 1988) (/riˈænə/ ree-ANN-ə)[n 1] is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and businesswoman. Born in Saint Michael and raised in Bridgetown, Barbados, Rihanna was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers who invited her to the United States to record demo tapes. After signing with Def Jam in 2005, she soon gained recognition with the release of her first two studio albums, Music of the Sun (2005) and A Girl Like Me (2006), both of which were influenced by Caribbean music and peaked within the top ten of the US Billboard 200 chart.
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List of awards and nominations received by Rihanna
Barbadian singer and songwriter Rihanna has received multiple awards and nominations for her work in music, film, and fashion. Her awards are predominantly in pop, R&B, and hip-hop genre categories.
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Rihanna performing at the Diamonds World Tour in 2013
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Rihanna’s first single, “Pon de Replay” led her to win five awards, following her achieving further accolades for both herself and her debut album, Music of the Sun (2005). Her second album, A Girl Like Me (2006), earned the singer more awards and nominations. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), became Rihanna’s breakout album, with the singer receiving a string of awards and nominations in newer categories such as pop and R&B genres. The lead single, “Umbrella” earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award in 2008, while the album’s singles and DVD earned a further eight nominations throughout 2008 and 2009. It was named ‘Song of the Decade’ at the Barbados Music Awards in 2010. Rated R (2009), Rihanna’s fourth studio effort, produced the single “Rude Boy” which became the main provider of awards and nominations from the album. It was nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
In 2010, Rihanna’s collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Run This Town” won Rihanna her second and third Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Rihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud in 2010. It received many nominations including two Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album. Furthermore, its lead single, “Only Girl (In the World)” won Best Dance Recording, while the second single “What’s My Name?” received a nomination in the same category. Also in 2011, Rihanna collaborated on the worldwide hit single “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem. The song earned a string of nominations and awards including being nominated for six Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy Awards. Kanye West’s single “All of the Lights”, released in 2011 and featuring Rihanna as a credited artist, was nominated for three awards at the 2012 Grammy Awards, ultimately winning Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Rihanna released her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk in 2011, earning the singer an American Music Award. Its lead single, “We Found Love” was nominated for many awards, most notably winning the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 2012 and Best Short Form Music Video at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013. Two further releases from the album, the title track featuring Jay-Z and “Where Have You Been” also received Grammy nominations. Unapologetic (2012), Rihanna’s seventh studio album, produced the lead single “Diamonds” which gained the singer several awards and nominations.
Rihanna has won 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), and 7 MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award).
Main articles: Rihanna albums discography, Rihanna singles discography, and List of songs recorded by Rihanna
🔸Music of the Sun (2005)
🔸A Girl like Me (2006)
🔸Good Girl Gone Bad (2007)
🔸Rated R (2009)
🔸Talk That Talk (2011)
Music and voice
Rihanna is a mezzo-soprano, with a range spanning from B2 to C♯6. While recording tracks for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna took vocal lessons from Ne-Yo. Speaking of the experience she stated, “I’ve never had vocal training, so when I’m in the studio, he’ll tell me how to breathe and stuff… He’ll call out these big fancy words: ‘OK, I want you to do staccato.’ And I’m like, ‘OK, I don’t know what that is.'” Her vocal performance on Loud (2010) received positive reviews from music critics. James Skinner from BBC praised Rihanna’s vocals on the song “Love the Way You Lie (Part II)” and wrote that her voice is powerful and that “it is Rihanna’s vocal – at once commanding, soulful and vulnerable – that anchors the song, and Loud itself”. Andy Gill from The Independent feels that “California King Bed” features her best vocal performance. In a review of Unapologetic, Billboard magazine wrote, “Diamonds finds Rihanna doing one of her throatiest, most impassioned vocals to date, on this inspirational pop ballad.” Jon Caramanica of the New York Times stated, “over the years, as her game face froze in place, her voice cured into a weapon of emotional chill and strategic indifference. It’s decidedly unfriendly, made to give orders”.
“[My music is] just imagination, being creative; that’s what my music is composed with. Being creative and thinking of situations, whether situations I went through or situations I’ve observed people going through. I can’t tell you where I’ll see myself in five years, but I can tell you I will work my best to be the most successful artist that I can be in five years. [I want to be] Remembered as Rihanna. Remembered as being the artist from the Caribbean who came here and made it internationally. Just remembered as me, ’cause I’m true to my music, and I just want people to realize that and appreciate me for that”
—Rihanna during her first interview with MTV News
Growing up in Barbados, she mainly listened to reggae, hip hop and soca music. When she first came to the US, she was exposed to different types of music with “rock being one of them, and I fell in love with it. [Now] I love rock music.” During her debut, she recorded songs that were inspired by her Caribbean roots and described her early sound as “a fusion of reggae, hip-hop and R&B, with a little something different thrown in”. Her early dancehall roots can be found on her debut album, Music of the Sun, and its follow-up, A Girl like Me. Her debut album demonstrates the influence of Rihanna’s musical heritage of the Caribbean. Kelefa Sanneh of the New York Times complimented its combination of dancehall and reggae, who said, “Dancehall reggae sometimes seems like a furiously insular form of music, but … Rihanna is only the latest singer to discover how versatile the genre’s spring-loaded electronic rhythms can be”. Her debut single, “Pon de Replay” features a dancehall-pop mixture that infuses a reggae style, while “If It’s Lovin’ that You Want” talks about a girl seducing a guy to be her boyfriend. Aiming for artistic growth, A Girl like Me expresses personal experiences that typical 18-year-old girls go through with ballads that were described as elegant and mature. After her second album, she slowly dismissed her dancehall and reggae roots.
Rihanna’s musical career has been an experiment with new musical ideas and stated that she wants “to make music that could be heard in parts of the world that I’d never been to”. With its provocative subject matter and lyrics, she began incorporating a wide range of genres including, pop, R&B, reggae, dubstep, hip hop and EDM. During a review for Good Girl Gone Bad, Slant Magazine to write that Rihanna “finally figured out that she’s a dance artist and the majority of the album is comprised of uptempo dance-pop [songs like]” “Push Up on Me” and “Don’t Stop the Music”. It represents a departure from the Caribbean sound of her previous albums and is described as a turning point in hercareer. While the first half of the record shares many 1980s pop influences with songs like “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Shut Up and Drive”, the second half retreats into standard R&B.
Recorded after the assault by her then-boyfriend, Chris Brown, Rated R had a much darker tone and was filled with various emotions she experienced throughout 2009. In her fifth album Loud, Rihanna reflects on the fun and energetic vibe she had while recording the album. The album is a mixture of ballads, party anthems and empowering love songs. Talk That Talk was similar to Rated R, as both contain hip hop, R&B, dancehall and dubstep genres. Loud and Talk That Talk saw her explore sexuality in her work (“S&M” and “Birthday Cake”) and return to her dancehall roots (“Man Down” and “Watch n’ Learn”). She also branched out into house music with tracks like “We Found Love”, “Only Girl (In the World)” and “Complicated.” Her songs are also inspired through record sampling from other artists.