Barbadian Rihanna was the pick of the superstars at the 2013 American Music Awards (AMA) on Sunday night.
The singer, who was presented with the first AMA Icon Award by her mother Monica after a video presentation and congratulatory message from mentor Jayz, said she was grateful to her fans.
“My fans I love you so much, you keep me driven. You keep this thing special and right now at 25 years old, I can’t believe I’m holding an icon award. . . . I’m grateful,” she said in an acceptance speech in which she made reference to her beginnings in Westbury Road, St Michael.
She also thanked her mom for allowing her to pursue her dream career after a successful audition at age 15.
Earlier, the singer performed her number one hit single “Diamonds”, after a glowing introduction by comedian Bill Maher (seen above in the picture with Rihanna and his mom), who noted that Rihanna had sold 50 million albums and 180 million digital tracks worldwide.
“Forbes calls her the number one social media artist and Billboard says she is the number one artist of the current decade. I call her the voice of our times, providing a soundtrack to our 21st century years and lives,” Maher said.
In addition to the Icon award, Rihanna also took home the trophy for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.