Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as Rihanna, is a Barbadian r&b recording artist and model. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of album producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.
In 2005, Rihanna put forth her debut studio album, music of the Sun, which peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200 chart and features the Billboard Hot 100 hit single “Pon de Replay”. Less than a year later, she put forth her second studio album, A Girl Like Me (2006), which peaked within the top five of the Billboard copies chart, and produced her first US number one hit single, “SOS”, as well as Billboard Hot 100 top ten entries “Unfaithful” and “Break It Off”. Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, featured five top ten smashes which included three US number one hit singles—”Umbrella”, “Take a Bow” and “Disturbia”—and the worldwide hit “Don’t Stop the Music”. The album was nominated for nine Grammy Awards, winning Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella,” which features Jay-Z. Her fourth studio album, Rated R, was released in November 2009. Its first three singles, “Russian Roulette”, “Hard” and “Rude Boy” peaked within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, making Rihanna one of two female artist with the most top-ten favorites in the United States since 2000.
Rihanna has received several accolades, which included the 2007 World music Awards for World’s Best-Selling Pop Female Artist and Female Entertainer of the Year, as well as the 2008 American music Awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. She serves as one of Barbados’s honorary cultural ambassadors. In January 2010, Rihanna received two Grammy Awards for Jay-Z’s 2009 single “Run This Town”, bringing her total number of Grammys won to three.