Rihanna’s Diamond Ball, now in its third year, is a benefit for a worthy cause: her Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandparents, which raises money for impoverished communities across the globe, with healthcare and education among other various programs. The last one, in December 2015, raised $3 million. But let’s be real: Like most such events, the warmth from the gift of giving is spiked with the thrill of rubbing elbows for a night with Rih and Jay and...
Rihanna has come a long way from the island ingénue who broke into the business at the age of 17, reinventing herself throughout the span of her blockbuster career. A multi-talented diva who is as known for her eye-popping fashion statements as her chart-topping hits, the artist affectionately dubbed RiRi has shown a remarkable ability to turn heads with her show-stopping versatility.
It’s only fitting that her No. 1 single, “Work,” became a pop anthem in 2016. Rihanna is a tireless one-woman show, churning out a steady string of dance floor hits, launching a world tour and extending her fashion footprint. A skillful self-promoter, she’s used her 200 million-strong online following to build buzz around design collaborations with the likes of Puma and Dior, while making her one of four artists with more than 10 billion YouTube views.
Rihanna has also branched out to TV and film in 2017 with parts in sci-fi extravaganza “Valerian” and the final season of A&E series “Bates Motel.” Her beauty line, Fenty, launched in September, and she continues to be the face of Dior, the brand’s first African-American endorser.
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the Barbados native burst onto the scene in 2005 with her double-platinum debut single, “Pon de Replay.” She became a pop sensation with her multiplatinum album “Good Girl Gone Bad,” and topped the pop album charts for the first time in 2012 with the Grammy-winning “Unapologetic.” The eight-time Grammy winner has racked up 14 No. 1 singles and sold more than 110 million digital singles worldwide.