A singer, an actress, a beauty mogul, and now a national hero — Rihanna is no doubt cementing her place as a pop culture icon in the 21st century!
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Rihanna received her latest accolade on November 30, 2021, from the Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley amid the commemoration of Barbados’ new status as a republic. The “Umbrella” hitmaker was commended for having “the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence with her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth” to an audience of assembled dignitaries at the “Pride of Nationhood” celebration.
“On behalf of a grateful nation, but an even prouder people, we therefore present to you the designee for national hero of Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty,” the Prime Minister said. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit, wherever you shall go.”
Barbados officially removed the Queen as its head of state nearly 400 years after it was made part of the British Empire and 55 years after it achieved independence from Britain.
Rihanna grew up in Bridgetown before moving to the United States where she kickstarted her now successful music career.
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