The NAACP today announced that Rihanna will receive the prestigious President’s Award during the 51st NAACP Image Awards.
The multi-faceted global music and fashion icon, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist will be presented with the honor during a LIVE TV special on BET on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from Pasadena, California.
The President’s Award is presented in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service, with previous recipients including last year’s recipient Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Soledad O’Brien, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Muhammad Ali among others.
“Rihanna has not only enjoyed a groundbreaking career as an artist and musician, but has also distinguished herself as a stellar public servant,” said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP. “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.”
Other winners for the 51st NAACP Image Awards will also be revealed during the live ceremony. Voting is still open to the public — fans can submit their votes until February 7th on their official website.