With talent, instincts, beauty, style, smarts and sex appeal to spare – not to mention her flawless ear for hits – Rihanna has risen from simple island girl to one of the best-selling artists ever in just a few short years. Equally fearless and vulnerable, she was born in Barbados in 1988 and signed to Jay-Z's label Def Jam at the age of 16. Her constant reinvention and musical mixture of Caribbean influences, R&B and dance-pop has brought her worldwide fame, multiple awards and multiplatinum hits like 'Umbrella,' 'Stay' and 'We Found Love.' She became a famous face of domestic violence when boyfriend Chris Brown viciously beat her the night before the 2009 Grammy Awards, although RiRi refused to let the ugly incident define her public persona. A big-screen acting career and various fashion enterprises only add to her already impressive pop-culture presence.

Selected discography: ‘Good Girl Gone Bad’ (2007), ‘Talk That Talk’ (2011), ‘Unapologetic’ (2012)

Related artists: Drake, Jay-Z, Eminem

Further reading: Top 10 Rihanna Songs, 10 Best Rihanna Lyrics, Best Rihanna Hairstyles

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