Photograph of Rihanna
Rihanna in 2012
Barbadian Ambassador at-Large
Assumed office
21 September 2018
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMia Mottley
Preceded byOffice established
Personal details
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

(1988-02-20) 20 February 1988 (age 30)
Saint Michael, Barbados
  • Ronald Fenty
  • Monica Braithwaite
  • Singer
  • businesswoman
  • diplomat
  • actress
  • dancer
  • songwriter[1]
Net worthUS $260 million
AwardsList of awards and nominations
Musical career
Years active2003–present
Associated acts

Robyn Rihanna Fenty (ə/;[4] born 20 February 1988) is a Barbadian singer, businesswoman, diplomat,[5] actress, dancer, and songwriter. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, and raised in Bridgetown, she was discovered by American record producer Evan Rogers in her home country of Barbados in 2003. Throughout 2004, she recorded demo tapes under the direction of 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 "Unfaithful".

With the release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), Rihanna developed a public image as a sex symbol and incorporated more elements of dance-pop into her music. It became a major breakthrough in her career and earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award at the 2008 ceremony. Recorded after her assault by her then-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009), is distinguished for its dark themes and lyrical content. Her pop-influenced fifth studio album, Loud (2010), proved successful producing three Billboard Hot 100 number one singles, "Only Girl (In the World)", "What’s My Name", and "S&M". She followed this success with the follow-up albums, Talk That Talk (2011), and the Grammy Award winner Unapologetic (2012). Her eighth studio album, Anti (2016), became her second Billboard 200 number one album and was one of the most streamed albums of the year.[6]

Recognized as a pop icon, Rihanna is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with 280 million records sold worldwide.[7] Many of her songs rank among the world's best-selling singles of all time, including the singles "Umbrella", "Take a Bow", "Disturbia", "Only Girl (In the World)", "S&M", "We Found Love", "Diamonds", "Stay" and "Work", as well as her collaborations "Live Your Life" with T.I., "Love the Way You Lie" and "The Monster", both with Eminem. Rihanna is the youngest solo artist to earn fourteen number-one singles and has a total of thirty one top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100, she also has over thirty top-tens in the United Kingdom and Australia, making her the only artist in the 21st century to achieve that.[8] She was named the Digital Songs Artist of the 2000s century, the top Hot 100 artist of the 2000s century, as well as the all-time top Pop Songs artist by Billboard.[9][10][11][12] Additionally, she is Spotify and Apple Music's most streamed female artist of all time.[13][14]

Among numerous awards and accolades, Rihanna has won nine Grammy Awards, thirteen American Music Awards and twelve Billboard Music Awards. She currently holds six Guinness World Records.[15] Furthermore, she was awarded with the inaugural American Music Award for Icon in 2013 and the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in 2016. Rihanna received the Fashion Icon lifetime achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2014. In 2012, Forbes ranked her the fourth most powerful celebrity, while Time included her on the annual list of the most influential people in the world in 2012 and 2018.[16] Rihanna was named Harvard University's "Humanitarian of the Year" by the Harvard Foundation in early 2017.[17]

She was appointed as an Ambassador on behalf of the government of Barbados in 2018, with her duties involving the promotion of education, tourism and investment.[18]

Early life

Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on 20 February 1988,[19] in Saint Michael, Barbados. Her mother, Monica (née Braithwaite), is a retired accountant of Afro-Guyanese background, and her father, Ronald Fenty, is a warehouse supervisor of Afro-Barbadian and Irish descent.[20][21] Rihanna has two brothers, Rorrey and Rajad Fenty, and two half-sisters and a half-brother from her father's side, each born to different mothers from his previous relationships.[22][23] She grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Bridgetown and sold clothes with her father in a stall on the street.

Rihanna's childhood was deeply affected by her father's addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, which contributed to her parents' strained marriage. As a child, she went through a lot of CT scans for the excruciating headaches she suffered: "[The doctors] even thought it was a tumor, because it was that intense."[22] By the time she was fourteen, Rihanna's parents had divorced and her health began to improve.[21][24]

Rihanna grew up listening to reggae music.[22][25] She attended Charles F. Broome Memorial Primary School and Combermere High School, where she studied alongside future England cricketer Chris Jordan and future West Indies cricketer Carlos Brathwaite.[26][22] Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military programme; the singer-songwriter Shontelle was her drill sergeant.[27] Although she initially wanted to graduate from high school, she chose to pursue a musical career instead.[28]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Rihanna
Alemannisch: Rihanna
العربية: ريانا
aragonés: Rihanna
ܐܪܡܝܐ: ܪܝܗܐܢܐ
অসমীয়া: ৰিয়ানা
asturianu: Rihanna
azərbaycanca: Rihanna
বাংলা: রিয়ানা
Bân-lâm-gú: Rihanna
беларуская: Рыяна
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Рыяна
български: Риана
bosanski: Rihanna
brezhoneg: Rihanna
català: Rihanna
Cebuano: Rihanna
čeština: Rihanna
Chi-Chewa: Rihanna
corsu: Rihanna
Cymraeg: Rihanna
dansk: Rihanna
Deutsch: Rihanna
डोटेली: रिहाना
eesti: Rihanna
Ελληνικά: Ριάννα
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Rihanna
español: Rihanna
Esperanto: Rihanna
euskara: Rihanna
فارسی: ریانا
français: Rihanna
Frysk: Rihanna
furlan: Rihanna
Gaeilge: Rihanna
Gàidhlig: Rihanna
galego: Rihanna
贛語: 利婭娜
한국어: 리한나
հայերեն: Ռիհաննա
हिन्दी: रिहाना
hrvatski: Rihanna
Ido: Rihanna
Igbo: Rihanna
Bahasa Indonesia: Rihanna
isiZulu: Rihanna
íslenska: Rihanna
italiano: Rihanna
עברית: ריהאנה
Basa Jawa: Rihanna
ქართული: რიანა
kaszëbsczi: Rihanna
қазақша: Рианна
Kiswahili: Rihanna
Кыргызча: Рианна
Latina: Rihanna
latviešu: Rianna
Lëtzebuergesch: Rihanna
lietuvių: Rihanna
la .lojban.: rianys
magyar: Rihanna
मैथिली: रिहाना
македонски: Ријана
മലയാളം: റിഹാന
मराठी: रिहाना
მარგალური: რიანა
مصرى: ريانا
Bahasa Melayu: Rihanna
монгол: Рианна
Nederlands: Rihanna
Nedersaksies: Rihanna
नेपाली: रिहाना
日本語: リアーナ
Napulitano: Rihanna
norsk: Rihanna
norsk nynorsk: Rihanna
occitan: Rihanna
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਰੀਹਾਨਾ
polski: Rihanna
português: Rihanna
Ripoarisch: Rihanna
română: Rihanna
русский: Рианна
саха тыла: Rihanna
sardu: Rihanna
Scots: Rihanna
shqip: Rihanna
සිංහල: රිහානා
Simple English: Rihanna
slovenčina: Rihanna
slovenščina: Rihanna
Soomaaliga: Rihanna
کوردی: ڕیھانە
српски / srpski: Ријана
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Rihanna
Basa Sunda: Rihanna
suomi: Rihanna
svenska: Rihanna
Tagalog: Rihanna
தமிழ்: ரியானா
Taqbaylit: Rihanna
Türkçe: Rihanna
українська: Ріанна
اردو: ریانا
Tiếng Việt: Rihanna
Winaray: Rihanna
ייִדיש: ריהאנא
Yorùbá: Rihanna
粵語: 蕾哈娜
中文: 蕾哈娜