Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Singer Rihanna was yesterday named the “National Hero” of Barbados — the only person that president of the island, David Thompson, ever gives the honor of the title of 'the right excellent.”
Reacting to the news, Rihanna wrote on Instagram: “BRITAIN!!! What can I say? I am so thankful, honored and overjoyed!!! U 2 take such good care of me all these years and that I received such a prestigious award from my own country is a true blessing!!”
Born Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the Grammy Award-winning artist, rapper and screenwriter is a ten-time Grammy nominee and the best-selling female artist of all time in Barbados, according to a statement from the President’s Office. She was also one of the 10 black women, from Barbados, who received the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
Rihanna, seen here accepting an award in 2013, is among the world’s most powerful women, according to Forbes
“For her unassuming manner, selflessness and tireless work in cultural preservation and uniting communities, Rihanna will forever hold the respect of many citizens of Barbados as the very embodiment of our national ethos,” read the statement.
High-profile members of the Barbados’ National Assembly and Rihanna’s friends and family were present for the ceremony at the St. Ann’s Parish Church.
The “Pour It Up” singer has achieved international success as a recording artist, fashion designer, philanthropist and actress. Among her best-known songs include “Umbrella,” “FourFiveSeconds” and “Bitch Better Have My Money.”
“This recognition will enable me to continue to inspire and empower other young people through my philanthropic work and businesses, both in Barbados and around the world,” Rihanna said in a statement.
Barbados ‘s Rihanna said she is thankful for this “gift” of an ‘honorary’ title. Credit: Michael Warren/AFP/Getty Images
Barbados “is renowned globally for having a rich history of recognising and celebrating human accomplishments, accomplishments that have resulted in widespread and outstanding contribution to building and enhancing quality of life for Barbadians, West Indians, diaspora, Global citizens of the world and all others around the globe. So therefore this is a tremendous honour,” Rihanna continued.
“Once again, thank you so much Barbados and the people of Barbados. I cannot thank you enough for the love, support and guidance you have given me throughout my life. I am forever grateful.”
Rihanna married American rapper and producer, Hassan Jameel in July 2018 in Barbados.