Rihanna adds another award to her ever-growing legacy. The multiple platinum and Grammy-winning singer will be receiving the NAACP’s President’s Award. The award is given to those whose “special achievement and distinguished public service” has been recognized by the NAACP.
According to Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO, Rihanna’s business resume alone could have netted her the prize, which likes of Jay-Z, Muhammad Ali, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien and more have one.
“Rihanna has not only enjoyed a groundbreaking career as an artist and musician but has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant,” said Johnson. He further added. “From her business achievements through Fenty to her tremendous record as an activist and philanthropist, Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace, and devotion to justice that we seek to highlight in our President’s Award.”
The iconic singer has switched lanes from being a global pop phenomenon to taking over the world of fashion and beauty. She has used her platforms to promote inclusiveness through her FENTY fashion empire. A global beauty brand that recently helped her become the first woman of color to partner with fashion giant LVMH. Rihanna is also the first woman to start an original brand for the world’s largest luxury group.
Rihanna’s additional list of achievements includes her annual Diamond Ball. Which has become a high profile fundraiser for her Clara Lionel Foundation that supports and creates educational programs? As well as raise emergency preparedness and set up emergency response initiatives around the world. Furthermore, In 2018, she was one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world.
The 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards will be air live on BET on Saturday, February 22, at 8 p.m. EST.
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