The 28-year-old Barbadian beauty first caught the attention of renowned record producer LA Reid - but with a little help from the Queen.
Several years ago (2005), the infamous Bad Gal performed at an industry showcase attended by a slew of big-name musicians (including Jay and Bey).
Reids' ears really perked-up when the "Halo" crooner whispered, "That Rihanna girl...
Rihanna and Beyonce are indeed industry rivals, but according to fellow Destiny's Child songstress Kelly Rowland, that's not necessarily a bad thing! But the popular hip-hop couple continues going strong, and they have yet to mention anything about a pending blowout divorce. Michelle [Williams] was just at my house last week.
The "Dirty Laundry" crooner actually encourages such "healthy" competition between the two Hollywood divas: "They are two women who support each other," she said in an interview with the : "Here's the deal. But if anything, the "Partition" beauty still has her "Say My Name" girls to lean on! Myself and B were hanging out - even though it is not in front of everyone at the Super Bowl.
Kelly's husband Tim Witherspoon - who raises son Titan, 22 months, with the star - didn't let down his lady in the fashion stakes, sporting brown nylon trousers, a wide collared retro top and caramel toned trainers.