Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist.


International pop star Rihanna released her first album in 2005 and is known for her # 1 hits like “Umbrella”, “SOS”, “Diamonds” and “Work”.

Before Fame

As a teenager, Rihanna started singing to get rid of her troubles at home. She formed a girl group with two classmates; when they were 15, they scored an audition with music producer Evan Rodgers, who visited the island with his Barbadian wife. Rogers was awed by the precariously beautiful and talented Rihanna, at the expense of her two friends.


“Umbrella” topped Billboard’s charts, earning Rihanna her first Grammy Award for Best Rap / Sung Collaboration. The album reached No. 2 on the charts and also included the singles “Shut Up and Drive” and “Don’t Stop the Music”, the latter featuring a clip from “Wanna Be Startin ‘Somethin'” by Michael Jackson.

Family Life

Singer Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born on February 20, 1988 in the parish of St. Michael on the Caribbean island of Barbados. She is the oldest of three children born to Monica Fenty, an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, warehouse supervisor. Rihanna’s childhood was marked by her father’s struggles with addictions to alcohol and crack addiction and her parents’ marital problems – they divorced when she was 14.

Associated With

In 2012, Rihanna started the Clara Lionel nonprofit Foundation, named after her grandmother, which supports and funds early response and education programs around the world. For her philanthropic endeavors, she received the President’s Award at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards.