“Stay rihana,” as the world’s biggest superstar once famously sang, has a simple solution: Keep it up.
For Rihanna, it’s a mantra that has become a cornerstone of her career, and one that has kept her in the public eye since she was 14.
It’s one that she says she continues to repeat to this day.
As the year has gone on, her career has taken on a more defined meaning for Rihanna.
She’s moved from a single-minded focus on staying in the game to the notion that it’s about making the most of each moment.
The fact that her career is thriving at the moment means that her life’s on the line, she told The Hollywood Reporter at the time of her first interview since she’s officially announced she’s ending her streak.
And while she’ll be forever known for her platinum hits and her ability to pull off collaborations with other artists, there are certain moments that have come to define her career.
She’s the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.
She’ll be inducting in 2019, and in 2021 she’ll become the first artist to receive a Grammy Award.
And it’s no coincidence that her comeback to the pop world last year was a return to form after a decade of seemingly stopping.
Last year, she was a force to be reckoned with, playing at Madison Square Garden in New York and racking up hits like “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “Gangnam Style.”
She was back, but it was still a bit of a comeback.
Last month, she announced she was officially leaving the game, citing her health as the main reason.
She had been on the road for a year, performing a few shows and making a handful of appearances, but this was the first time she really stepped back from the spotlight.
“I feel like I’m on my way out,” she said on Monday at an event honoring the 30-year-old for her music.
“And I’ve always been that way, I think.
But now it’s time to do something else.
So I feel like the time is right.”
While her career was up and running again, Rihanna said she’d be “a good person to be on the other side of a conversation.”
And she was right.