Making a name for yourself in the music business is hard enough in itself, but to make such a worldwide impression at a young age is a huge feat -- yet something Rihanna seems to handle with ease. After making her professional musical debut back in 2005, this singer's popularity has only continued to grow, earning her some of the biggest acknowledgments this generation of artists has ever seen. And she's only 24 years old! Crazy, right? Accomplishing so much at such a young age definitely deserves some recognition, so in honor of Rihanna's 24th birthday, here's a look back at some of her biggest accomplishments in her career thus far. And at this rate, who knows where she'll be by the age of 25! Sky's the limit for this superstar.
Named the Most Liked Celebrity on Facebook in 2011
Sure every celebrity has a huge band of follows thanks to the overwhelming amount of social media sites these days, but Rihanna continues to be a standout among all the rest. As of now, the singer has 51,711,204 fans on Facebook, over three million more than Lady Gaga (48,128,783), and over eleven million more than the likes of Justin Bieber (40,507,655). But it is not only Rihanna's Facebook page which garnered such extreme popularity on the site. Her "We Found Love" single featuring Calvin Harris was the most listened to song of 2011, beating singles from other singing sensations, including Katy Perry and Adele. A huge accomplishment to say the least.
Ranked As One of Forbes Magazine's Top-Earning Women in Music in 2011
Though Gaga ranked the No. 1 spot on the list, grossing a whopping $90 million in profits, Rihanna managed to rake in a highly respectable $29 million for the year, earning her a well-deserved fifth place. She beat out the likes of Britney Spears ($10 million), Carrie Underwood ($20 million), and even Adele ($18 million), who received major praise last year for her hit album, 21. Adele may be Rolling in the Deep, but as of last year Rihanna was certainly rolling in the dough.
Third Most Googled Celebrity Woman of 2011
Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites we are able to stalk our favorite celebrities as fast and as often as we like. So who's getting more cpms (clicks per minute)? Good old Google always has the answer and according to its results, Rihanna was ranked the third most Googled celebrity woman of last year. This is a praise certainly worth mentioning given that people resort to Google to search for basically everything, so the fact that Rihanna is one of the hottest topics among female celebs is definitely a commendable accomplishment. And again, it needs to be stressed that she's only 24 years old! Is anyone else feeling extremely lazy right about now?
Named Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive in 2011
Though her artistic accomplishments are impressive in and of themselves, Rihanna has also been praised for her looks as well as her talents. In October 2011, Esquire declared the singer the Sexiest Woman Alive for 2011, singling her out amid a number of other candidates. Sure you could see it as just one magazine's opinion, but it's definitely an honor any female celeb would be happy to receive. In a business where beautiful people are never in short supply, it's definitely an accomplishment to be able to stand out among the rest and be acknowledged.
Helped Guest Judge on The X Factor
As most of the world already knows, Simon Cowell demands to work with the best and the brightest of talent. So when he decided to have Rihanna help judge which contestants should be eliminated at the Judges' Homes, you know it means he trusts in her artistic opinion. Can you believe that? At the age of 24 she's already earned professional praise from one of the most critical people in the music business. The fact that Simon's deemed her talented enough to help find new talent proves that she really has "made it" in the industry. And given everything we've learned about her, she's only just beginning.