Say "Rihanna." Go ahead, say it out loud!
Now evaluate how you pronounced it.
Probably like "Ree-AH-nah," right?
Well according to Rihanna herself, that's actually not the right way to say her name.
In a video posted to British Vogue's Twitter account, Rihanna identified herself as "Ree-ANN-uh".
Take a listen:
First look at @Rihanna's Fenty collection at her pop-up in Paris: https://t.co/KU0Uqg8Vlt https://t.co/dseHhqadQu— British Vogue (@British Vogue)1558593575.0
We've been saying it wrong for at LEAST 14 years, considering her first hit single, "Pon De Replay," came out in 2005.
But, to be fair, she did tell HLN's AJ Hammer how to say her name in 2012:
Rihanna shows AJ Hammer how to pronounce her name. www.youtube.com
So really, we have no excuse.
so we've been pronouncing Rihanna's name wrong this whole time https://t.co/lLZAQVRBzu— boop (@boop)1559170517.0
@boopyape https://t.co/duuMFm65Z7— . (@.)1559220118.0
@boopyape She’s been trying to tell yall... https://t.co/88FVbGcMJD— mikey (@mikey)1559171339.0
@boopyape I don’t even understand how else you would pronounce it?— Calum McSwiggan (@Calum McSwiggan)1559202667.0
Rihanna also totally tried to tell us again in 2015 how to pronounce her name via Instagram:
So again, she has been really trying to tell us.
We are the worst.
Rihanna tells us - we are pronouncing her name incorrectly. And tells us how to pronounce her name, "Ree-Anna" not… https://t.co/WIwVcLGf6P— Jim O'Donnell (@Jim O'Donnell)1559244936.0
@jimsteve Only Americans say her name like that— Jon Woodhouse (@Jon Woodhouse)1559307382.0
@boopyape she low key clarified this a long time ago— STEVEN⚡️ (@STEVEN⚡️)1559185345.0
@boopyape us brits we BEEN pronouncing her name right since dayyy— Timothy🇬🇭🇹🇷 (@Timothy🇬🇭🇹🇷)1559170930.0
@boopyape Who's we? How have y'all been pronouncing it?— chrissy 🌺 (@chrissy 🌺)1559170600.0
Do you think we will learn this time?
@boopyape WE’VE ???? https://t.co/l433iI4T3a— ♈︎ REED ♈︎ (@♈︎ REED ♈︎)1559175042.0
@boopyape *You've been https://t.co/YlCArcKkKC— itzz nothing pezzonnalll (@itzz nothing pezzonnalll)1559181650.0
@boopyape I think a good sis has been around the white folk for too long cause she pronouncing her name wrong— ☀️ (@☀️)1559171072.0
@boopyape Literally had no idea it was pronounced any other way...— Bo. (@Bo.)1559240850.0
@boopyape Shoutout to everyone in the UK who knew how pronounce her name correctly since 2007— Yahda🥴 (@Yahda🥴)1559235059.0
This time, we will hopefully learn from our mistakes.