Before we get to whoever else wore and did what at the 2013 American Music Awards, we need to first talk about who really reigned that night: none other than queen Rihanna, who absolutely slayed as the first-ever recipient of the Icon Award.
Rihanna said it herself: at just 25 years old, it’s unbelievable to be already considered as an icon. But there she was on stage at the AMAs, with 50 million albums and 180 digital tracks sold, not only receiving the night’s biggest honor but also being heralded as the bestselling digital artist and the most watched artist on Vevo and YouTube of all time.
The entire historical moment unfolds in the two videos below. Rihanna first sings her hit song, “Diamonds” — skip to 1:43 in the first vid to go straight to her performance. Jay-Z shares a heartfelt message at the start of the second video. Then, the most touching moment of the night happens when Rihanna’s own mother presents her with the award. Don’t miss the part of Rihanna’s speech where she says she made her mom’s life a living hell with her “annoying, little, husky man voice.” Just adorable.
Gotta salute Rihanna for bagging this award without having to put on so much try-hard gimmickry, which seems to be the standard for pop artists these days. Even fashion-wise, Rihanna kept it simple in a tuxedo-inspired Jean Paul Gaultier Couture dress, barely there sandals, and a sleek hairdo, but the ensemble was enough for her to standout as that night’s star.
Rihanna did wear a more risqué and more flesh-baring Jean Paul Gaultier Couture dress earlier that evening, but with her cool confidence, she still pulled it off without so much a mention from celebrity sites that she was flaunting her stomach or that she forgot her top. Check out all the details of her look in the following pictures. Here’s the dress and the beaded bra from the front:
The sheer-paneled dress and its lace-up corset detail from the back and the side:
The pinned-down wraparound hairdo, plus all her nails and all her jewelry:
And, finally, the shoes on her feet:
Only iconic shoes should adorn iconic feet, hence these classic Manolo Blahnik “BB” pumps for Rihanna:
Mr. Manolo’s “Chaos Cuff” sandals were also Rihanna’s choice of footwear for her stage performance:
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