The Harvard University is recognizing Rihanna’s work with an award but not as an iconic artist. She is getting an award for her humanitarian acts.
Next week, the Ivy League university will honor her the with the 2017 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian of the Year award.
Certainly, the Barbadian singer-songwriter who just turned 29 is not an underachiever at all. Rihanna may not have won at this year’s Grammy Awards, but she celebrated her birthday last Monday, released chart-topping hits and even expanded her acting career. She joined the final season of Bates Motel and will be joining next year’s much-awaited Ocean’s 8, along with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and more stars.
The pop princess has numerous charity projects. Named after her grandparents, she established the Clara Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program. The program aims to support students from the Caribbean who wish to study college in the US.
Also, Rihanna backs the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project. The programs provide access to education to children in developing countries with priority given to girls. Just last month, the singer was in Malawi visiting with government officials, educators and students as part of her charitable work for education.
Moreover, Rihanna took an HIV test together with Britain’s Prince Harry in Barbados to raise awareness on World AIDS Day. Disseminating HIV perception is part of her humanitarian work.
Indeed, there’s more than enough basis for Rihanna to be receiving an award for her philanthropy.
Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, also revealed the artist’s charity. He added, “Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”
And the music icon has some rather incredible group to join upon receiving the Harvard Humanitarian of the Year award. Honorees in the past include Malala Yousafzai and Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan.
She may have been disregarded by the Grammys this year but then again, Rihanna is being recognized by a prestigious body for her exceptional work for the world.