by Oke Efagene
Superstar singer, Rihanna shared an adorable moment with mum, Monica Fenty on Sunday night at the American Music Awards. Fenty presented her daughter with the Icon Award and gave a heart-warming speech while on stage.
She said; “I know the journey of your career has not always been an easy one,” she began, “but tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused… I’m blessed to be part of this historic moment.”
Rihanna who recently completed her Diamonds world tour, addressing guests at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, replied: “I’ll start by saying just about 20 years ago is when I really started making your life a living hell with my annoying little husky man voice, you would call it. And I mean just disrupting the entire neighbourhood. Westbury Road, Barbados, they could tell you that’s the truth. I annoyed every one of my neighbours.”
Still speaking about the award, Rihanna also said: “So many people I have to thank for keeping me sane – my friends, my family, my fans. Love you so much. You have no idea. You keep me driven. You keep this thing special. I can’t believe that at 25-years-old, I’m holding an Icon Award. If you know me, then you know that I love you. I am grateful. I’m only as good as my team, so I love you so much.”
Later that evening, Justin Timberlake sharing in the family love, asked the star-studded crowd: “Can we talk about how cute Rihanna’s mum is? She’s so proud of the Icon. I am too, Rihanna, I love you,” he quipped.
The talented songstress also won award for favourite Soul/R&B female artist.