The 51st NAACP awards are being held later this month and Rihanna will be receiving a special honor. The global music and fashion icon, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist, will be presented with the President’s Award.
The NAACP announced Tuesday, that she was selected for her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but (someone who) has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant.”
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Global music and fashion icon, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Rihanna (@badgalriri), will receive the prestigious President’s Award (@derricknaacp) during the 51st #NAACPImageAwards. The President’s Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, NAACP President Derrick Johnson will present the award to Rihanna during a LIVE TV special on BET on Saturday, February 22, 2020, from Pasadena, California. #Feb22 #BET
The President’s Award is presented in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service, with previous recipients including last year’s recipient Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali among others.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson said Rihanna “epitomizes the type of character, grace and devotion to justice” that the organization seeks to highlight.
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.
The ceremony will be held Feb. 22 will be televised for the first time on BET and will air live 8pm/7c from Pasadena, California.