Rihanna Receives Icon Award, Performs ‘Diamonds’ at AMAs

Bill Maher, Rihanna, and Monica Fenty

180 million singles and 50 million albums later, Rihanna received the first-ever Icon Award at the 2013 American Music Awards on Sunday. Following an introduction from Bill Maher, the 25-year-old pop star performed one of her 12 No. 1 singles, “Diamonds,” while wearing her hair in a doobie wrap.

Jay Z appeared via a videotaped message to congratulate his protégé. “Between me and you, can you believe this shit? Unbelievable,” he said.

RiRi’s mother Monica Fenty then presented her daughter with the award. “I know the journey and your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused,” she said.

During the acceptance speech, Rihanna thanked L.A. Reid, her family, her glam team, and her fans. “Right now, I can’t believe that at 25 years old, I’m holding an Icon Award,” she said. “That is weird to even say out loud.”

She also won the award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.

Watch the epic moment below.

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    meme Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, tears. u see our girl. they said her 15min was suppose to be up. such an encouragement


    NASIR Reply:

    @meme, she really earned this. Proud moment for the fans & Ri.


    cameron Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, Why does rihanna and her dad look just like eric holder, atty general?

    why does beyonce sit by and watch her husband promote someone over her, that she doesn’t even like and is never seen with? beyonce never gave one bit of help to any of her destiny child members/friends.

    elvis is turning over in his grave, so is james brown, and whitney.

    celine dion must be livid.

    the greatest voices of our time never received such an honor. its ridiculous and it shows how low america has sunk in the quality of its leadership from the govt to corporate america, and in entertainment.


  2. Lisa

    That was amazing. So proud of her! She truly is a star


  3. meme

    was feelin this dress or hair tonight.

    But I am beyond proud her you Robyn, everytime they try to discredit your accomplishments, go back and break more records.

    At 25 her numbers are sitting up there with dead legends. Keep up the hard work baby girl.


  4. Yaya

    She Is Truly A Star. Started From Nothing And Look At Her Now


  5. NASIR

    I am so PROUD of Ri. She’s grown so much in the last 8 years. She truly deserved this award! Such a star.


  6. The Shady Truth

    Rihanna welcome to the ICON Club! You deserve it!


  7. Nicki Minaj

    LMFAOOOO at the performance.



    @Nicki Minaj,What’s so funny about it ?


  8. NaturalSmile

    Love it!!! She outsold Taylor Swift!!!!


  9. Nicki-Fenty

    So deserved!
    She changed pop music the minute she stepped onto the scene. The black Madonna and the new queen of pop!!!

    So proud of her and I hope we’ll hear many many many great tracks for her in the future.


  10. @Princejawsh

    Rihanna slayed!



    Look at our girl! #Icon #ThisIsThatIconicShit #SlayingYourFav I love rihanna so much, words cannot explain!! Much more great achievements to come, #StayMad ! She truly deserved this.


  12. Xavierr

    honestly from living in poverty to this is just wow. people please dont shade her this moment. She was FIFTEEN when she started her career FIFTEEN, the age when you start figuring out who you are. She had a drug addicted father. Troubled relationship all this shit in her life AND STILL SHE DOESNT PLAY THE VICTIM. ALL THIS SUCCESS IN SEVEN YEARS. SHE NEVER WANTED TO BE AN ICON but here she is. Such an encouraging thought that you can go through all that and still turn out successful.


    cameron Reply:

    @Xavierr, she has a drug addicted father who looks just like eric holder atty general. coincidence? i dont think so.


  13. Xavierr



  14. Xavierr

    Honestly she started all the trends Miley cyrus, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Selena gomez, Ciara, Cara delavigne, ellie Golding are following. Her hair has been replicated EVERYWHERE (the assymetrical later copied by victoria beckham, The red hair EVERYONE COPIED, the undercut she POPULARIZED) . Her songs are played even in IRAN and are covered by other peers everywhere.


  15. mehri

    I am from IRAN and I love her so much and yes she has alot of fans here


  16. mehri

    …one of my dreams is that she could come and perform here but I know its not gonna happen anyway..


    Aso Reply:

    @mehri, bitch you are NOT from Iran.


  17. mumi

    When will your fave?


  18. LAX

    Boring Performance…Like are people deaf? or something she can’t sing live….Did anyone witness her Diamonds performance last night, it was horrible


  19. LAX

    I Can’t deal!!!!!!


  20. bernard and india walker

    Diamonds like Rihanna . Can be thought of in two shades . Pre ICON & POST ICON . Rihanna Enjoys the attention her sexy mind gets her . The body of her work . Is what they say . Created this award .Beyond her music. 330 mil. views plus of this song. You tube .Several songs off this album . Settled a bet with Rihanna and myself. Against GM . With us edgeing on ford motors. A car passed it’s saftey race car test. 1:38.6 Daytona . GM crashed 2 times. Rihanna’s motion /music perfect for this. 42-0 .Mac cosmetics & Bud beer are looking to sponsor hybridmustangs 2014 GT class. Yea like watching her in pumps. Us guys say cheers to Icon . Rihanna sit next to me when they talk $$ for our team. Tell mom all about our where to park @ lemans . KS


  21. Ross

    I like her music but that was a boring performance.


  22. Maya

    she did an amazing job that night!


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