Rihanna has received multiple awards and recognitions over the years, but being named the National Hero in her hometown of Barbados is next level. On Monday night (Nov. 29), the Fenty Beauty CEO, who was named the country’s ambassador in 2018, was recognized for her contributions to the world of entertainment and the charitable donations to her native land. After receiving the designation from Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, she took the stage to share a few words with her fellow Bajans.
“The people. Y’all are the true heroes of Barbados, and I take y’all with me wherever I go. I’m so proud to be a Bajan. I’m gonna be a Bajan ‘til the day I die. This is still the only place I’ve ever called home,” said the “Umbrella” singer.
“I love Barbados. I love you guys. And I pray that the youth continue to push Barbados forward. I’m so proud of you, Prime Minister Mia Mottley. Thank you so much for honoring me in this way. I have traveled the world and received several awards and recognitions, but nothing, nothing compares to being recognized in the soil in that you grew in. I thank you so much for this.”
As REVOLT previously reported, Mottley granted Rih the title of Barbados’ National Hero, making her the 11th person but the second woman to receive the honor. While introducing the star, she made reference to her 2012 hit song, “Diamonds.”
“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 told Rih at the ceremony, which marked the country’s separation from Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal Family. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation by your works, by your actions and to do credit wherever you shall go.”