The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) announced on Tuesday that Rihanna will be honored with the president’s award during the 51st Image Award Ceremony this month.
The 31-year-old pop star and fashion icon was selected to receive this award for her groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, and as someone who has distinguished herself as a stellar public servant.
NAACP President Derrick Johnson stated that “Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace and devotion to justice” that the organization seeks to highlight.
The NAACP Image Award is an annual awards ceremony presented by the U.S.-based National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature.
Past recipients included rapper and business mogul Jay-Z, legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, civil rights activist Jesse Jackson and former US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.
The award ceremony will be held on February 22 in Pasadena California and will be televised for the first time on BET.