Rihanna was shining bright Sunday night at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles as she not only took home the award for Best R&B artist, but at 25, the pop star also received the first-ever AMA Icon Award.
The award was created to honor an artist who has influenced the music industry worldwide.
“The first-ever Icon Award was created to honor an artist whose body of work has made a profound influence over pop music on a global level,” the show's producer Larry Klein said in a statement. “Rihanna's iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time.”
In 2012, the Barbadian beauty was named the top-selling digital artist of all time, and earlier this month, she broke records in the U.K. as the third artist to ever top the U.K. singing charts seven times in seven years, joining only The Beatles and Elvis Presley.
But even more proof she deserved the award was her simple but strong performance of her hit “Diamonds” that she performed before being given the award by her mother, Monica Braithwaite.
“It's amazing how you always manage to take good out of all your experiences. I'm so blessed to be part of this historical moment,” Braithwaite said.
Also, Jay Z, who signed the singer to his record label Roc Nation, congratulated her in a video prior to the singer's acceptance of the award.
“You keep me driven,” Rihanna said to her fans. “I can't believe at 25 years old, I'm holding an icon award. It's weird to even say out loud.”