Rihanna Was The Perfect Choice For First-Ever AMA Icon Award

Mon, November 25, 2013 9:16am EDT by 17 Comments

At 25, Rihanna has put out seven albums, won six Grammys, eight AMAs and 22 Billboard Music Awards. But none of those statistics are the reason she deserved to take home the Icon Award on Nov. 24.

Rihanna hasn’t had an easy journey but has shown all of her fans and her critics that no matter what the world throws her way, she can overcome it, and “take good” from every experience, as her mother Monica Braithwaite said at the American Music Awards when presenting her with the award.

Rihanna Deserved The Icon Award At 2013 AMAs

I’ve heard all the criticism already — Rihanna’s a bad influence, she’s not a good role model, etc. However, I’ve got to say — I disagree. Before firing away with negativity, hear me out.

I get it. After being assaulted by boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009, she went back to him and tried to work it out, and carried on an on-again off-again relationship. That’s not the image of a “strong woman” . . . or is it? It’s the image of a real woman — none of us knew what their relationship entailed, or who either of them really are behind the media. I’m not at all saying it was okay or forgiving the act, but should Rihanna be criticized for following her heart? Absolutely not.

Don’t Overlook Rihanna’s Talent

Another argument I hear is that she’s too sexual to be a role model for young women. Unfortunately, celebrities are for the most part too sexual, in most eyes. Yes, she twerked on a chair in her “Pour It Up” video. Yes, she dances provocatively during her performances. However, she also wrote “Pour It Up,” as well as 23 other songs. But we don’t talk about that, because people are too distracted by her overly sexual performances.

What I think makes Rihanna qualified more than any other for the Icon Award is that — no matter what relationship she’s in, what crazy fashion trend she’s trying, or what she’s posting on Instagram, she can still write beautiful lyrics, perform a heart-stopping ballad (or an amazing dance hit), and relate to her millions of Rihanna Navy members around the world.

What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Rihanna deserved the award or do you think someone else was more qualified?

– Emily Longeretta

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nisey

Posted at 6:33 PM on December 6, 2013  

He said it correctly the Voice Now

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CARLA

Posted at 2:57 PM on November 27, 2013  

Longeretta you wish they had given it to Miley for her naked juice dripping on the wrecking ball and tongue licking ion. You are so RACIST.

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briana

Posted at 4:31 AM on November 27, 2013  

She is famous and rich and sexy and beautiful ok ok we get it, but icon is more than that if it comes from the AMA which should be about music. Plenty more more more choices of real singers with really beautiful voices who have been in the industry decades and decades but if you show your body, has tattoo, can dance , is thin, is always on social media, smokes a joint, has a bad rep then you are made into an icon. They should have given this to singers like Mary j, or Celine Dion, Mariah, Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, Tracy Chapman, Madonna, the Late Whitney, Simon and Garfunkel, Aretha, Labelle, Chaka, Gladys, the late Luther, Carole King, jmaes Taylor etc etc etc. so many choices. Sad sad. Today’s real music, gone!!!

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dwaynefighter

Posted at 2:57 AM on November 27, 2013  

sure, there were more obvious choices, but it doesn’t mean that this girl isn’t deserving. what she has achieved in that short space of time is remarkable, and whether you like or her not, she has carved out a niche for herself and is proving time and time again to be a force in the music industry.

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nisey

Posted at 5:34 PM on November 26, 2013  

they gave it to her because she deserve it, and she endure a lot and still she manage to stay on stop it could have broken her, but with her Mother and family and friend, and strong fans she still here, that came from her mother that speeches said it all, a praying women.

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Onomen

Posted at 10:25 PM on November 25, 2013  

Rihanna is a strong woman,I think d reason y she was given that award is because she has gone through many trials and still she’s still strong

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Patrick Norris

Posted at 8:44 PM on November 25, 2013  

To me, an icon has been in the business a hell of a lot longer than she has. Very disturbing that people consider her an icon, hell, I dont even consider her a musician!

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rajad khomeney (@thefingerer)

Posted at 5:12 PM on November 25, 2013  

Ozzy Osbourne should have got it. No one has put there body through so much and survived to Rock On. Sharon should have presented it.

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Lauren L

Posted at 2:24 PM on November 25, 2013  

I was shocked at first when I realized you were condoning this award. After reading the article, I think on fact maybe she did diserve it after all… Well put .

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There are others just as worthy if not more so

Posted at 1:55 PM on November 25, 2013  

No saying that Ri Ri is not worthy of this award, but there are many that came before her that are just as worthly. Beyonnce, Mariah, J Lo, Chrstina A, Celine Deon and many others that are just as worthy. These ladies, just like Ri Ri have had their own set of obstacles to deal with.

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STOP!!!

Posted at 2:45 PM on November 25, 2013  

@there are others!!!! There are many i agree with you so BUT DON’T 4GET WHAT THE HOST SAID Rihanna is the voice now!!!!!so that said it all EVERYONE LOVES HER SPIRIT mostly in the U S of A

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Sevyn hamy

Posted at 1:27 PM on November 25, 2013  

Congrats to Riri and navy riri team luv u

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Bernard Walker

Posted at 11:07 AM on November 25, 2013  

wordpress sent me shots from the usa post . So i could write and you sent your post to my sight. Thanks for being a super star. My guess is that the speech you gave won’t sound so bad. Woman sound that comes from you is sweet. Music come from all inside . Not just your lips. Icon is the part that you carry.

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Holly

Posted at 9:43 AM on November 25, 2013  

Perfect perfect choice. You were awesome Rihanna. We all love you!!

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Sasha Fierce

Posted at 9:40 AM on November 25, 2013  

Rihanna is an icon. 50milion albums sold, only 25 yrs. old. That woman rocks, internally and externally. First ever and the others will follow HER. Congrats Riri. From Tina Turners lips “You’re simply the best, better than all the rest.”

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Layla

Posted at 9:31 AM on November 25, 2013  

RIHANNA ALREADY A IMORTAL (ROLLIG STONE)!!!! JUST IT!!! #ICONI ABSOLUTLY!!!!

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Alicia

Posted at 9:29 AM on November 25, 2013  

Well it’s simple when you look at the word ICON and what it means, that is Rihanna, I think people confuse ICON with Legand, which are two totally different things, she is a consistant force in the music industry, 7 albums, multiple hits, she has chnaged the sound of music, she influences fashion, social networking, and strength, like you said people may look at her going back into that relationship as weak, but it was strong for two reasons, her ability to forgive and her need for closure, both of which are human things, and while doing it, she sacrificed all the riches and fame to get that closure and it takes a big person with a big heart to forgive what she did, but better to forgive than to have it eat you alive. Hate and anger can eat you alive, if you hang on to it. Congrats to Rihanna, hard work, dedication and focus has gotten her this far and will continue to. This is just the beginning for her.

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