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Rihanna to Receive Icon Award at AMAs

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That Rihanna reign just won’t let up. The pop powerhouse will be honored with the Icon Award at the 2013 American Music Awards later this month.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the 25-year-old singer is the first artist to receive the special merit award.

“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,” said AMA producer Larry Klein. “Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and bestselling artists of all time.”

She has sold 50 million albums and 180 million singles worldwide throughout the course of her eight-year career. Her seven albums have produced 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and she holds the title for best-selling digital artist of all time.

Rihanna is also scheduled to perform on the telecast, which airs live from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

She is nominated in four categories including Artist of the Year, Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Album for Unapologetic.

Other AMA performers include Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, TLC, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus, Kendrick Lamar, Ke$ha, One Direction, and this year’s host, Pitbull.

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