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