"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," producer Larry Klein told Billboard. "Rihanna's iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time."
Bill Maher introduced Rihanna, and he obviously has nothing but respect for the singer.
He said, "She is, I think, the voice of our time."
The singer then took the stage to perform her song "Diamonds."
Rihanna's mom presented the award, and the crowd said, "Aw," when she walked out on stage.
"Tonight, I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused," Rihanna's proud mama said. "And it's amazing how you always manage to take good from all of your experiences. I am blessed to be a part of this historic moment. I am proud to present to you the first ever AMA Iconic [sic] Award."
The 25-year-old singer then took over and showed how grateful and humble she still is, even after years of fame. She started by addressing her mom and then thanked everyone in her life.
"Just about 20 years ago is when I really started making your life a living hell with my 'annoying little husky man-voice,' as you call it, and just disturbing the entire neighborhood," Rihanna said, adding that her mom finally agreed to let her follow her dream. "And we all thank you for that 'yes' because it was the beginning of it all."
Rihanna, who was also nominated for numerous AMAs, now has 25 top 10 hits that have been on Billboard's Hot 100, and she knows she wouldn't have been able to do any of it without the fans.
"My fans, I love you so much. You have no idea. You keep me driven. You keep this thing special," she said. "And now I can't believe at 25 years old, I am holding an Icon Award."
Congrats to Rihanna on her AMA Icon Award!
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