The NAACP has announced that she will receive the award at the show on Saturday, 22 February. The award is given in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service.
Past recipients of the award include entertainment greats, Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali among others.
NAACP president, Derrick Johnson said: “From her business achievements through Fenty to her tremendous record as an activist and philanthropist, Rihanna epitomizes the type of character, grace, and devotion to justice that we seek to highlight in our President’s Award.”
Rihanna also took to her Instagram page to share the exciting news, citing how proud she is to receive the award. She wrote:
“super honored to be receiving the @NAACPImageAwards President’s Award in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. thank you!!!! You can watch the show live on Feb 22 at 8/7c on @BET”