Rihanna Named NAACP’s President’s Award Recipient!!!

Rihanna to receive NAACP’s President’s Award. This prestigious award to be given to her at the 51st NAACP Image Awards. The President’s Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.

Rihanna Celebrated For Global Cultural Influence

Announced by NAACP President Derrick Johnson, our girl Riri is set to add another honor to her many accomplishments. Johnson will present the award to Rihanna at this year’s award show later this month, according to the Source.


The fashion icon, business entrepreneur and philanthropist will receive the honor live on BET.

Highlighting her achievements in music and philanthropy, Rihanna is being recognized for her global cultural influence.

As the NAACP website points out, alongside her incredible musical achievements which include nine GRAMMY awards, Rihanna continues to add more credits to her burgeoning resume:

  • Executive Producer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Actress
  • Business Entrepreneur
  • Philanthropist

The NAACP goes on to say, Rihanna never stops breaking barriers and has built beauty and fashion empires with global beauty brand FEИTY Beauty, lingerie brand SAVAGE x FENTY, and the recently launched luxury fashion brand FEИTY, which saw her become the first woman of color to partner with LVMH and the first woman to start an original brand for the world’s largest luxury group.

Also Recognized For Her Groundbreaking Clara Lionel Foundation

Additionally, Riri is recognized for her Clara Lionel Foundation, which she founded to honor her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. CLF, founded by Rihanna in 2012, supports and funds groundbreaking and effective education and emergency response programs around the world.

Past recipients for the award include –

  • Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Soledad O’Brien
  • Colin Powell
  • Condoleezza Rice
  • Muhammad Ali and others

In a statement by the President and CEO of the NAACP, Johnson reiterates why Rihanna is being celebrated –

“Rihanna has not only enjoyed a groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant,”

“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.”

In celebration of the many accomplishments of Rihanna, outside of her music, marks a honorable moment in the artist life.


This year’s NAACP Image Awards will air on February 22nd on BET.

Congratulations, Riri…we’ll be watching!

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