Robyn Rihanna Fenty (/;
 February 20, 1988) is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, record producer, and actress. Born in
Saint Michael, Barbados and raised in
Bridgetown, during 2003 she recorded
demo tapes under the direction of record producer
Evan Rogers and signed a recording contract with
Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for its then-president, hip hop producer and rapper
Jay Z. In 2005, Rihanna rose to fame with the release of her debut studio album
Music of the Sun and its follow-up
A Girl like Me (2006), which charted on the top 10 of the US
Billboard 200 and respectively produced the successful singles "
Pon de Replay", "
SOS" and "
She assumed creative control for her third studio album
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) and adopted a public image as a
sex symbol while reinventing her music. Its lead single "
Umbrella" became an international breakthrough in her career, as she won her first
Grammy Award at the
50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008. After releasing four consecutive
platinum studio albums, including the
Grammy Award winner
Unapologetic (2012), she was recognized as an
icon of today's music. Her eighth studio album
Anti (2016) reached number one on the Billboard 200 and became one of the most streamed albums of the year.
 Many of her songs rank among the world's
best-selling singles of all time, including the singles "Umbrella", "
Take a Bow", "
Only Girl (In the World)", "
We Found Love", "
Stay" and "
Work" in which she is the lead artist, and her collaborations "
Live Your Life" (with
Love the Way You Lie" and "
The Monster" (both with
Rihanna is one of the
best-selling artists of all time with 230 million records sold worldwide.
 Rihanna is the youngest and fastest solo artist to earn
fourteen number-one singles on the
Billboard Hot 100, as well as a current total of 31 top ten singles on the same chart. She was named the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s decade and the top Hot 100 artist of the 2010s decade by
Billboard, as well as the number-one artist in the history of their
Pop Songs Chart.
 Additionally, she is
Spotify's most streamed female artist of all time.
 Among numerous
awards and accolades, Rihanna has won nine
Grammy Awards, twelve
American Music Awards and twelve
Billboard Music Awards. Furthermore, she was awarded with the inaugural
American Music Award for Icon in 2013 and the
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2016. In other ventures, Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the
Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014 and was named
Harvard University's "Humanitarian of the Year" by the
Harvard Foundation in 2017. In 2012,
Forbes ranked Rihanna the fourth most powerful celebrity, and she was included on the annual
100 list of the most influential people in the world.