Rihanna is best known as a Barbadian singer and model who recorded
the hits "Umbrella", "SOS", and "Take
a Bow", all of which ended up at the top of the Billboard
charts after her singing debut in 2005.
Fenty was born on February 20, 1988 in Saint Michael, Barbados
to father Ronald and mother Monica who later divorced when Rihanna
was just fourteen years old.
began singing when she was seven but her fame didn't take off
until she was fifteen. Music became a career as a result of
creating a musical trio with two of her classmates at the Charles
F. Broome Memorial School and in 2003 they were introduced to
record producer Evan Rogers. Rogers immediately saw the potential
and began working with Rihanna to develop her recording career.
Over the next year Rihanna and her mother commuted back and
forth between Barbados and Connecticut, where Rogers and his
wife lived. A year later, when Rihanna was sixteen, she made
a permanent move to the US to live with Rogers and his wife.
first year in the US, Rihanna attended school and recorded her
demos over summer and Christmas breaks. When they were finished,
Rogers and Carl Sturken sent the vocals to various recording
companies and they finally ended up at Def Jam. Jay-Z, the president
of Def Jam at the time, quickly signed her.
debut album, "Music of the Sun", jumped to the top
of the Billboard charts after its release in 2005. Although
the music is considered pop and R&B, Rihanna's records were
originally sold under the reggae genre due to her Caribbean
descent. Her work was later sold under R&B, pop, hip-hop,
and dance genres.
second album, "A Girl Like Me", was released in 2006,
less than a year after her original album and contained the
song "SOS" which launched Rihanna to the top of the
billboard charts. Her third album, "Good Girl Gone Bad",
came out in 2007 and yielded eight hits, including "Umbrella",
"Shut Up and Drive," and "Don't Stop the Music."
As a result
of her success, Rihanna was nominated for four Grammy Awards
in 2007 and six in 2008 including Song of the Year, Record of
the Year, and Best Dance Recording. In 2009, Rihanna was scheduled
to perform a the Grammys but cancelled. It was later revealed
that she'd had a dispute with then-boyfriend, Chris
Brown, who had allegedly assaulted her that morning