With over 200 million records sold worldwide and eight Grammy Awards, Rihanna has become one of the biggest pop stars of the 21st century. On the eve of the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, where she’ll receive the prestigious Video Vanguard Award, we take a look back at her career.

Early stardom

Rihanna was discovered in Barbados by U.S. record producer Evan Rogers.

After impressing Jay Z with her musical skill, she signed a six-album deal with Def Jam Recordings in 2004. Jay Z would become one of her most successful collaborators.

Rihanna’s debut single “Pon de Replay” was an international hit and reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart in 2005.

“SOS,” from her second studio album, “A Girl like Me,” became her first single to top the Hot 100 chart.

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