“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 producer Larry Klein. “Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time.”
This month Rihanna scored her 25th top-10 hit on the Hot 100, with “The Monster,” her collaboration with Eminem, a chart feat that ties her with Elvis Presley on the all-time list. “The Monster” is also Rihanna’s 45th Hot 100 entry, tying her with the output of Mariah Carey.
A six-time AMA winner, Rihanna will compete in four categories at this year’s show, including for artist of the year and favorite soul/R&B album, for “Unapologetic.”
She joins previously announced performers Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, TLC, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, One Direction, Florida Georgia Line, Miley Cyrus, Imagine Dragons and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Pitbull will host the ceremony and perform his new single “Timber” with Ke$ha.