Biography of Rihanna: Full Name, Childhood and Career


Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known by her stage name Rihanna, was born in Barbados in 1988. So far, the artist has made a name for herself in the music industry globally. 

Profile Summary

Full Name:
Robyn Rihanna Fenty

Place of Birth
St. Michaels, Barbados

Year of Birth
February 20, 1988


Rihanna’s Childhood

Rihanna’s Childhood is a part of her life that is always discussed because it was deeply affected by her parent’s marital issues.
Her dad battled with drug and alcohol addiction which eventually led to her parent’s divorce when she was 14.

Though Rihanna still grew close to him again and refers to him as the “coolest person on the planet.”

Music for Rihanna was a mode of escape from her home troubles. It was at this the that she formed a musical trio with two of her classmates.


Rihanna’s Big Music Break

Her big break in music came in 2003 when her friends introduced her and other bandmates to record producer Evan Rogers who was then on holiday with his wife in Barbados.

When the group auditioned for Evan, he later told Entertainment Weekly that “the minute Rihanna walked into the room, it was like the other two girls didn’t exist.”

Furthermore, Rihanna traveled to Rogers’ hone in Connecticut over the next year to work on her demo album.

She was able to make a four-song demo that included “pon de Replay” which later became her first hit single.

Also, Rihanna left Barbados at sixteen.
“I wanted to do what I had to do, even if it meant moving to America.” She said.

Soon after, her demo fell into the hands of the recording company Def Jam. She auditioned for them and legendary rapper Jay-Z, who was so impressed he signed her almost immediately.
“We made a little Godfather joke,” recalls Jay-Z. “We said the only way she could leave was through the window.”

Eight months later Rihanna released her debut album, Music of the Sun, which went platinum despite less-than-rave reviews from Rolling Stone magazine which deemed it “lacking ingenuity and rhythm.”

Her follow-up album, A Girl Like Me, fared better with critics in 2006 and included the hit SOS.

Rihanna has been labeled one of the most consistent-consistent-hitmakersgor in her chart-topping seven albums and collaborations with legends Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, and Calvin Harris. She has won countless awards including Grammys, Brits, MTV awards, and World Music Awards among others.


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What Rihanna’s Music Awards look like

Rihanna’s first single, “Pon de Replay” led her to win five awards.

Her second album, A Girl Like Me (2006), earned the singer more awards and nominations.

Rihanna’s third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007), became Rihanna’s breakout album, with the singer receiving a string of awards and nominations in newer categories such as pop and R&B genres.

The lead single, “Umbrella” earned Rihanna her first Grammy Award in 2008.

It was named ‘Song of the Decade’ at the Barbados Music Awards in 2010.

Her fourth studio effort, “Rude Boy” became the main provider of awards and nominations from the album.

It was nominated for ‘Song of the Year’ at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

In 2010, Rihanna’s collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West, “Run This Town” won Rihanna her second and third Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

Rihanna released her fifth studio album, Loud in 2010. It received many nominations including two Grammys for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album.

Furthermore, its lead single, “Only Girl (In the World)” won Best Dance Recording, while the second single “What’s My Name?” received a nomination in the same category.

Also in 2011, Rihanna collaborated on the worldwide hit single “Love the Way You Lie” with Eminem. The song earned a string of nominations and awards including being nominated for six Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy Awards.

Rihanna released her sixth studio album, Talk That Talk in 2011, earning the singer an American Music Award.

It’s lead single, “We Found Love” won the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 2012 and Best Short Form Music Video at the 55th Grammy Awards in 2013.

Two further releases from the album, the title track featuring Jay-Z and “Where Have You Been” also received Grammy nominations.

Rihanna’s seventh studio album, “Unapologetic” produced the lead single “Diamonds” which gained the singer several awards and nominations.

Rihanna has won 9 Grammy Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards (including the Icon Award), and 7 MTV Video Music Awards (including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award).

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