RIHANNA TO RECEIVE SPECIAL HONOR AT NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

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Rihanna will receive the President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards this month.

The NAACP announced today that it had selected the 31-year-old pop star and fashion icon for her “groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but someone who has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant.”

Rihanna will be given the award during the February 22 ceremony that will be televised for the first time on BET.

Previous recipients include Jay-Z, Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson and Condoleezza Rice.

Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, is a nine-time Grammy winner who launched her own fashion line last year called Fenty with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world’s largest luxury group. She also has a lingerie line, Savage X Fenty, that debuted in 2018.

NAACP President Derrick Johnson said Rihanna “epitomizes the type of character, grace and devotion to justice” that the organization seeks to highlight.