Have Americans been saying Rihanna’s name wrong this entire time?
Rihanna has been busy promoting her Fenty fashion line, and recently took a moment to say hello to British Vogue. In the video below, she pronounces her name "Re-Anna," not "Re-Ah-Na"--contrary to how many Americans say it.
One fan responded to the video, “Only Americans pronounce it as rihaaaaaaana lol.”
Another Caribbean fan added, “I guess if you come from the Caribbean especially islands near Barbados you would know how to pronounce Rihanna we've been saying it that way since she first came out nobody ever pronounced the H.”
This isn’t the first time Rihanna has corrected the pronunciation of her name, as reported by E! News. In 2012, she explained it in an interview with AJ Hammer for Showbiz Tonight on the red carpet at Time’s 100 Event.
The 31-year-old Grammy winner did ask us back in 2010, “Ooh na na, what's my name?” and it is about time we learn it. Rihanna is well on her way to having her own fashion empire, not to mention the popularity of her music. Her makeup line, Fenty Beauty, launched in Sept. 2017, and her new luxury fashion line made its debut May 24.
Forbes reported that the cosmetics line has earned Rihanna $570 million in just 15 months of business, helping her to become the richest female musician in the world. So yes, we should probably all know how to say her name--Americans included.