Rihanna has marked 15 years in the music industry with a touching tribute to The Navy.
The 32-year-old superstar took to Twitter celebrating the release of her debut single, 2005’s Pon de Replay‘, as her fan base is also buzzing social media as they join the singers’ milestone of 15 years celebration with the #15YearsOfRihanna.
The ‘Man Down’ singer recalled how she was “shaking” as she waited to audition in front of rap legend Jay-Z at Def Jam records all those years ago.
“Man this is trippy. Feel like just yesterday I was shaking in the hallways of Def Jam waiting to audition for Jay.
And she spurt about how “grateful” she is to have such an amazing and loyal following.
“Thank you for all the love on this hashtag today!- she wrote.
Pon de Replay is where it all began… 15 years later and I’m here because God led me to you, and you guys have held me up, supported me, tolerated me, loved me, kept it too real with me, and we got always be connected because of that.
“I love you Navy, and I cherish you.
“I’m so grateful to be gifted you as my fans and family. G4L (Gangster for life)!”
The anniversary post comes after Rihanna teased The Navy that she “lost” her long-awaited LP, ‘R9’.
The ‘Diamonds’ hitmaker took to Instagram to share a clip of herself in the garden twirling a pair of her new sunglasses from her brand Fenty’s Off Record eyewear range to promote the new line, and her fans soon took to the comments section to demand her to drop the record.
When one asked: “WHERES THE ALBUM (sic)”, Rihanna replied: “I lost it”, and added the shrug emoji.
And when another commented: “DON’T DROP THAT ALBUM”, she responded: “navy this who to blame right here look.”
Last month, the Bajan star told her fans to stop bothering her about new music while she is “trying to save the world”.
The singer and fashion designer – who hasn’t released a studio album since 2016’s ‘Anti’ – donated over $8 million dollars to various causes during the Covid-19 pandemic and told fans she is working on philanthropy rather than music right now.
Speaking during an Instagram Live, she told her fans: “If one of y’all motherf***ers ask me about the album one more time when I’m tryna save the world, unlike y’all president….on sight.”
Rihanna and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey donated $4.2million to help domestic violence victims in LA during the pandemic.