Z107.3  wants to take the time to give you a little more information about the artists that you hear all day, everyday on Bangor's #1 Hit Music Station.

This one is a special one dedicated to one artist that has made a big impact on pop music within the past 30 years and continues to make an impact today.  That's why this is a 'Z Legend Spotlight'.

Today we celebrate the birthday of Rihanna.  He may go by many names (Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, Eminem) and may have been a controversial figure in his time but he has definitely left his mark on pop culture.  Here's her info:

REAL NAME:  Robyn Rihanna Fenty

BIRTH DATE: February 20, 1988

WHERE FROM: Saint Michael, Barbados

MUSICAL LINKS: Drake, Eminem, Paul McCartney, Calvin Harris, Jay Z, L.A. Reid, Timbaland, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D., Bono, ASAP Rocky, Coldplay, Travis Scott

TO THE POINT POINTS:

  • Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military program
  • Jay-Z was certain about signing her after her audition.
  • She took vocal lessons from Ne-Yo.
  • Madonna is her idol and biggest influence.  She wanted be the "black Madonna".  Also influenced by Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Beyonce and Destiny's Child, Celine Dion, Grace Jones, Lil Kim, Alicia Keys, Prince and Brandy.
  • She has been an influence on Lorde, Sam Smith, Billie Eilish, Selena Gomez, Marilyn Manson, Demi Lovato, Justin Bieber, and many others.
  • Ri Ri has won 9 Grammy Awars, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 8 People's Choice Awards, an 'Icon Award' from the American Music Awards, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
  • She holds 5 Guinness World Records in the US and has ranked as the best-selling digital artist .

All information obtained by  Wikipedia.

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