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From Humble Beginnings to Grammy Success: A Glimpse at Rihanna's Milestones

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By Alan Blake

Rihanna is inarguably one of the biggest names in the music industry that emerged in the 2000s. ‘Pon De Replay’ was among her first hits, and the singer and cultural icon captured the hearts and ears of fans around the globe. Her charisma is only describable as impeccable, while her voice infectious and the combination of attributes take credit for her success.

Rihanna has notably achieved a lot in her career, including Grammy Awards and some of her hits topping the billboard.

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Rihanna’s Music Career Debut


Rihanna had a burning passion and she worked her way into the lucrative career. With no training in music or dancing, she collected her guts and approached producer Evan Rogers in 2003. The lad was allegedly on vacation with his wife when the young Rihanna approached him claiming being in the music industry was all she ever wanted in her life.

Rogers felt moved by a stunning Rihanna in Capri pants and matching sneakers, and her makeup perfectly done.

Rihanna’s First Gold Deal Ever

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While still a teenager, Rihanna recorded her first single ‘Pon De Replay’ in 2004. She had already begun shopping it around to record labels little did she know her first deal was so close. She auditioned at Def Jam Records in New York City, for Jay-Z the label’s CEO and the then-president.

She did her original composition ‘Pon De Replay’ along with ‘For the Love of You’ by Whitney Houston, and her first deal was done, with Jay-Z flatteringly declaring her win.

Rihanna wins Her First Grammy

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After signing into Def Jam Records, Jay-Z became her manager, and the two even did their first collaboration. He probably is the best manager Rihanna would have found as their first collabo ‘Umbrella’ won her first Grammy.

Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the star’s official names, had only been in music for three years before scooping her award during the 50th Annual Grammys. She was also on the nominees list for a couple of other awards, including the song of the year and best R&B.

Rihanna’s Career was an Escape Route

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Although the celebrity joined the music industry while still young, it was notably an escape route from her life struggles. Her dad was allegedly a drug addict, and was physically abusive to the singer’s mom, prompting the then-teenager to seek refuge in music.

She had the desire to run from her violent home and get into an illusion of boundless love and safety that the stage seemed to offer. According to Rogers, such a desire connects with fans and is what record men seek in new artists.

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