R&B/pop singer Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, on February 20, 1988, and got her big break in 2003 when she was introduced to record producer Evan Rogers. At the time, Rihanna was part of a musical trio, but Rogers was only interested in her talents as a solo artist.
Looking to further her career, the singer flew to Connecticut to live with Rogers and record her demo, which was quickly picked up by her future label, Def Jam. Her albums — including 2005’s Music of the Sun and 2006’s A Girl Like Me — topped the charts, but 2007’s Good Girl Gone Bad rocketed her to fame with hits such as “Umbrella” and “Don’t Stop the Music.” She won her first Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for “Umbrella” in 2008.
In February 2009, an altercation with then-boyfriend Chris Brown left her in a hospital with several injuries. Although Brown was arrested and charged with assault, Rihanna remains tight-lipped about the incident, which occurred the night of the 2009 Grammy Awards.
The singer has continued to release hit studio albums, including 2009’s Rated R, 2010’s Loud, 2011’s Talk That Talk, 2012’s Unapologetic and 2016’s Anti.
She is known for her high fashion style and she was named the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire in 2011.