Pop superstar Rihanna is closing out 2013 by nabbing the first ever Icon Award at this year’s American Music Awards show going down at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles next week Sunday.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting exclusively that the Barbadian pop diva will be the first artist to score the special merit award, producers for the awards said on Thursday. She is also scheduled to perform on the telecast.
Via the LA Times:
“The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level,” show producer Larry Klein said. “Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and bestselling artists of all time.”
Since her 2005 debut, the 25-year-old has undoubtedly become one of the biggest forces in pop music.
She’s issued a staggering seven albums in just seven years — each armed with a set of slinky, chart-toppers (with 12 of those landing at No. 1)..
Her consistent onslaught of material — for four consecutive years she’s released a new album in November — has allowed the singer an unrivaled radio, chart and pop cultural dominance.
She’s sold 50 million albums and 180 million singles worldwide, making her the bestselling digital artist of all time. And with 4 billion views on her oft-provocative music videos, she’s the most watched artist on Vevo/YouTube.
Rihanna joins a lineup of previously announced performers that includes Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Lopez, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, TLC and Pitbull, who will host the telecast.
The AMAs is set to air live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 24 at 8 p.m., except on the West Coast where it will be tape-delayed.
Plus, last Monday night, 25-year-old Rihanna was spotted having dinner with Drake in Dallas.
Now, RiRi has added more fuel to her ‘alleged’ rekindled romance with Drizzy as she was photographed attending the Young Money rapper’s “Would You Like A Tour” concert last night in Houston.
Do you think she was just showing her support or is there something else going on between them?
New Fifty-shades of Grey fiction book inspired by Chris Brown and Rihanna’s relationship including the 2009 beating. Just straight up messy!