Robyn Rihanna Fenty (born February 20, 1988), better known as simply Rihanna (pronounced /ri???n?/ ree-YAH-n? or /ri?æn?/ ree-AN-?), is a Barbadian R&B recording artist and songwriter. Born in Saint Michael, Barbados, Rihanna moved to the United States at the age of 16 to pursue a recording career under the guidance of record producer Evan Rogers. She subsequently signed a contract with Def Jam Recordings after auditioning for then-label head Jay-Z.