Rihanna Set To Receive First-Ever AMA “Icon” Award
Roc Nation badgal Rihanna has been on the music scene for almost 10 years now, with multiple platinum albums, Grammy Awards, a clothing line, a fragrance and a personal style that has influenced an entire generation. Pair any of those things with the fact that her open-book lifestyle has as many colors to it as her ever-changing hair styles and it’s hard to argue that Rihanna isn’t a superstar, at least.
But is she an icon?
The 2013 American Music Awards are around the corner and this year, they’ve chosen Rihanna as the recipient of their first-ever “Icon Award.”
Decades ago, words like “classic,” “timeless,” and “longevity” were among the few associated with what it meant to reach the level of achievement where one was considered iconic. But in today’s entertainment era, the success and influence of an artist is measured largely by their level of transparency and audience reach rather than just raw talent or impact on the music industry. Whether through their presence on social media, their uber personal song lyrics, their everyday lifestyles, or a combination of all three, artists of today are expected to live their lives with a sense of relatability that both transcends and compliments their ability to provide their fans with quality material in order to solidify their status as one of pop culture’s elite….and in turn deem them worthy of “iconic” status.
Needless to say, the characteristics once associated with what it takes to be an “icon” have certainly changed and evolved right along with the rest of the world, so it wouldn’t make much sense to compare Rihanna to the undisputed icons that have come before her (Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Whitney Houston, etc. ) when the qualifications for what makes one iconic aren’t the same today as they were back then.
So, taking into consideration, do you think Rihanna deserves to wear the first-ever “AMA Icon Award” crown for her run thus far in music and entertainment? Or does she need a couple more decades under her belt first? Let’s discuss, Bossip fam.