Jenna Ortega Applauded For Correctly Pronouncing Rihanna’s Name And Correcting The Majority Of Us

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What is the correct pronunciation of a name like Rihanna?


What is the correct pronunciation of a name like Rihanna?


As it happens, many of us have been mistaken all along. Fortunately, most of us haven’t encountered Rihanna and inadvertently mispronounced her name.


Thankfully, if you ever find yourself face-to-face with the music star, Jenna Ortega has graciously provided a demonstration on the proper pronunciation of her name.

This is how it’s done:

Earlier this year, Ortega graced the Golden Globes stage to present the coveted award for Best Song in a Motion Picture.

Prior to announcing the victor, Ortega highlighted several of the other artists nominated in the category, one of whom was Rihanna, recognized for her captivating track ‘Lift Me Up’ from the remarkable Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack.

“I’m gonna get to original song in a minute, we got artists like Taylor Swift and Rihanna competing for that award,” she said.

“I know, I’m very excited.”

Rihanna’s own beauty brand confirmed Ortega was saying her name properly. Credit: Christopher Polk/NBC via Getty Images

One fan on TikTok, @sugeneshin_, noticed that Ortega had pronounced Rihanna’s name differently to how they thought it was pronounced – and took to the video sharing platform to discuss.

After confessing their never-ending mispronunciation of the singer’s name, countless fans came forward with a similar admission.

Did you know that the correct pronunciation of Rihanna’s name is Ree-an-nah, not Ree-awh-na as some may have believed? This revelation dispels any previous misconceptions and clarifies the proper way to say her name.

Rihanna’s makeup brand, Fenty Beauty, delighted in Ortega’s accurate pronunciation, expressing their appreciation in a comment on one of the videos: “Miss Wednesday understood the assignment.”

Some were taken aback to realize they had been mispronouncing it all along, and one person even remarked.: “I’ve been pronouncing it wrong my whole life?!??”

While another said: “Dang…so I’ve been saying her name wrong my whole life?!! I feel embarrassed now. I had NO idea that was how you correctly pronounce her name!”

Jenna Ortega taught you all how to say it properly when she namedropped Rihanna at the Golden Globes. Credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

And a third added: “Now everyone is gonna pronounce the way she said rihannas name after seeing this video.”

Meanwhile a fourth commented: “Damn i always said ree-aw-nuh not ree-ah-nuh.”

Some were unwavering, insisting they had been pronouncing it correctly all along. Meanwhile, a handful of individuals highlighted the geographical differences that can influence pronunciation.

Numerous Brits noted that they already pronounce Rihanna’s name correctly, with an additional fifth chiming in: “In the uk we pronounce it the same as Jenna.”

And a second added: “Pov everyone in britian already saying it right.”

Rihanna has personally verified that the correct pronunciation of her name is Ree-an-nah. In an interview with Showbiz Tonight, she explicitly mentioned that this pronunciation is accurate.

The more you know, right?