Rihanna’s already in the running to take home four trophies at the 2013 American Music Awards, but now she’s receiving the evening’s highest honor — the ‘Icon’ award.
She’s become first artist to score the special merit award, and she’s also scheduled to perform.
“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,” show producer Larry Klein said. “Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and bestselling artists of all time.”
Since her 2005 debut, she’s released seven albums in just seven years — spawning with 12 #1 singles along the way.
She’s sold 50 million albums and 180 million singles worldwide, making her the bestselling digital artist of all time. And with 4 billion views of her music videos, she’s the most watched artist on Vevo/YouTube.
Rihanna joins a lineup of previously announced performers that includes Luke Bryan, Miley Cyrus, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Lopez, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, One Direction, Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, TLC and Pitbull, who will host the telecast.
The 2013 American Music Awards will air live from the Nokia Theatre on Nov. 24 at 8 pm.
[via LA Times]