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Rihanna wins first AMA Icon Award

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Rihanna wins first AMA Icon Award

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BARBADIAN SUPER STAR Rihanna was presented with the first ever American Music Awards (AMA) Icon Award last night.
The presentation was made by her mother Monica Fenty and Rihanna later hailed her relatives and former neighbours from “Westbury Road, Barbados”.
After first thanking God Almighty, Monica Fenty spoke glowingly about her daughter and praised her for being a strong woman. She said she was very proud of Rihanna and out of all of her daughter’s experiences, she always looked for the positives.
Rihanna thanked her mother for just saying “yes” and starting the musical journey. She acknowledged the role played by friends and family who provided a solid background and also thanked her management team.
“Right now I cannot believe at 25-years-old that I’m holding an Icon Award,” Rihanna said. “That is weird to even say out loud.”
She sang her hit song Diamonds during the show.
Rihanna beat Ciara and Alicia Keys to win the AMA Award for Favourite Soul/R&B Female. She was also nominated for Artist of the Year, Favourite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favourite Soul R&B Album. (SAT/AP)
Artist of the year: Taylor Swift
New artist of the year: Ariana Grande
Single of the year: “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly
Pop/rock female artist: Taylor Swift
Pop/rock male artist: Justin Timberlake
Pop/rock band, duo or group: One Direction
Pop/rock album: “Take Me Home,” One Direction
Country female artist: Taylor Swift
Country male artist: Luke Bryan
Country band, duo or group: Lady Antebellum
Country album: “Red,” Taylor Swift
Rap/hip-hop artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Rap/hip-hop album: “The Heist,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Soul/R&B female artist: Rihanna
Soul/R&B male artist: Justin Timberlake
Soul/R&B album: “The 20/20 Experience,” Justin Timberlake
Alternative rock artist: Imagine Dragons
Latin artist: Marc Anthony
Adult Contemporary: Maroon 5
Electronic dance music artist: Avicii