With so many big songs and albums, Rihanna is a multi-talented hip-hop musician whom I selected to describe as one in a million. I believe she has something special about her that sets her apart from other celebrities, which is why we're going to look at how she got started and how she got to where she is now. So keep reading till the end to discover Rihanna's amazing story.
Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, on February 20, 1988. She spent her childhood on the Caribbean island of Barbados until she was 14 years old when her parents divorced. Later in high school, she discovered her love for Caribbean music and formed a group with two of her classmates to play renditions of Destiny's Child songs.
Rihanna was eventually persuaded by her pals to enter a beauty competition when she was 15, which she won. According to her, she was able to win because the army cadet training she had while volunteering as an army cadet under Shontelle's supervision came in helpful, allowing her to balance books on her head on the catwalk.
Rihanna's skill was finally found by Evan Rogers, an American record producer when she was 16 years old in 2004. He was on holiday in Barbados when he noticed the 16-year-potential old's and knew right away that she would become a celebrity. Without wasting any time, he whisked Rihanna away to a studio, where she produced a four-track demo that was forwarded to Jay-Def Z's Jam Records.
Producers fell in love with her work, and Rihanna signed a six-record deal with Jay Z-label. Although she admits to being frightened at first, she eventually fits in and gives them her best with her debut album, "music of the sun," which has sold over two million copies.
Her image transformed from teen pop singer to grown-up star with the success of her second album, 'A girl like me,' which was still under Jay-banner. With the publication of 'Good girl gone evil' and the smash single 'umbrella,' her appearance dramatically changed, earning her the moniker 'bad girl Riri.'
The album was a huge hit, propelling Rihanna's fame to the far reaches of the globe. Many people are already familiar with the Barbadian artist and are singing her songs.
Her next album, 'Rated R,' was released in 2009 and was again a big success. Rihanna was doing so well at the time that three of her albums reached the top of the rappers' music chart in three years. Rihanna began collaborating with other well-known musicians such as Eminem, Jay-Z, and Drake to create more popular songs, such as Drake's 'What's My Name' in 2010 and Rihanna's 'Work' in 2012.
Everything changes with the release of 'We Found Love' in 2011. The song spanned musical genres and even catapulted Calvin Harris' career.
Rihanna explained her elaborate pre-show process, which includes steaming her voice, doing her makeup, taking lozenges, Skyping her vocal artist for nearly an hour, and, of course, the nervousness and overthinking. But it was all worth it since Rihanna won her first Grammy award for best rap performance in 2008, and she went on to win nine more following 33 nominations.
With so much success in the music industry, Rihanna chose to branch out into acting in 2012, starring in films such as Battleship, This Is the End (2013), Home (2015), Guava Island (2019), and others.
Apart from performing and singing, Rihanna also worked as a Creative Director for Puma in 2014, where her shoe designs earned the prestigious Shoe of the Year award. Rihanna's work with Puma led to the singer launching her own cosmetics line, 'Fenty,' in 2017, which was also a big hit. According to the New York Times, it made up to 72 million dollars in its first month on the market. With a net worth of 600 million dollars as of June 2019, she was the world's richest female musician.
Rihanna has already started charity activities, including her Clara Leone foundation, which she founded in 2012 to assist enhance the quality of healthcare and education for young people. She has taken part in various efforts to aid those in need, and Harvard University honored her with the Humanitarian Award of the Year in 2017.
Rihanna pays tribute to her hometown of Barbados, where she also works with charities, and the island's government even renamed the street where she grew up, Rihanna Drive, after her.
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