Rihanna receives icon award at the American Music Awards

rihanna-mom-500x372Rihanna was honoured with the first-ever icon award at the American Music Awards on Sunday.

While some people disagreed with the statement Bill Maher made about Rihanna being the voice of our new generation, the record sales kind of prove it–as well as her great performance of Diamonds right before she picked up her Icon Award. She is the first artist to pick up the award, which celebrates the following:

“The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level. Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and bestselling artists of all time.”

The singer picked up her award from her mother, Monica Braithwaite, who expressed how ”proud” she was of her daughter after shedding light on the pop star’s rise to fame. Rihanna held her mother’s hand throughout the emotional speech, which praised the star for remaining humble and hardworking.

Monica said: ”Rihanna, I am so proud of you tonight. I know the journey in your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud you and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. It’s amazing how you always manage to take good from all your experiences. I am so blessed to be a part of this historic moment.”

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