Born and raised in Saint Michaels, Barbados, Rihanna started her career when she met producer Evan Rogers through mutual friends in 2003. After impressing him with her voice, Rogers took her to New York where she recorded some demos, one of which caught the attention of rap legend Jay Z, who signed her to Def Jam Recordings. Her debut album, Music of the Sun, was released in August 2005. It went on to sell 2 million copies. She has gone on to release 6 more albums, all of them going platnuim. She has also colloborated with multiple artists such as Maroon 5, Kanye West, and Jay Z.
In addition to her music, Rihanna has also worked as an actress, making her debut with a cameo in the 2006 film Bring It On: All or Nothing. She has also appeared in the films Annie and This is the End. She recently voiced the character of Tip in the 2015 film Home.
On August 13, 2015, the show announced that Rihanna would be a guest advisor to coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams, and Gwen Stefani during the Knockout Rounds. She received praise for her work on the show despite some complaining that like Taylor Swift before her, Rihanna was a poor choice to be a guest advisor.