Rihanna has joined the list of artists scheduled to perform during this year's American Music Awards. To accompany her performance, she will be receiving the first ever AMA Icon Award. Describing the new award, Larry Klein, executive producer of the award show, said, "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. Rihanna’s iconic and innovative sound has enabled her to become one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time.”
The announcement comes on the heels of the release of her "What Now" video. While she has not released a new album in 2013, she remained relevant as singles from last year's album, Unapologetic, continued to chart. She has also been on the Diamonds World Tour since March. The tour finally ends tonight in New Orleans.
The 2013 American Music Awards will take place at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 24. Other performers include Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and Justin Timberlake.