WINNER: Rihanna's Mom
After Bill Mahr and Jay Z gave brief speeches praising Rihanna — the recipient of the AMAs' first-ever Icon Award — the singer's mother, Monica Braithwaite, came out to deliver a personal speech to her superstar daughter. "Rihanna, I’m so proud of you tonight," she said. "I know the journey and your career has not always been an easy one, but tonight I applaud and admire you for being so strong and so positive and so humble and so focused. And I mean, it’s amazing how you always manage to take good from all your experiences. I’m so pleased to be a part of this historic moment and I just want to say I’m proud to present to you the first ever AMA Icon Award." When Justin Timberlake later took the stage to accept his Favorite Soul/R&B Artist trophy, he affectionally noted, "Can we talk about how cute Rihanna's mom is?"