NEW YORK: Rihanna could also be absolute best referred to as an R&B celebrity, however on Wednesday she used to be named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year for her charity paintings.
The 29-year-old singer from Barbados shall be given the award in individual on campus on February 28, the college introduced.
“Rihanna has charitably constructed a state-of-the-art middle for oncology and nuclear drugs to diagnose and deal with breast most cancers at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter stated.
She has additionally arrange a scholarship program, named after her grandparents, for Caribbean scholars learning in the United States, and helps efforts to offer women higher get right of entry to to schooling in the creating global.
“It is for those philanthropic projects and different acts of compassionate sharing that the scholars and school of the Harvard Foundation selected to honor Rihanna with the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year Award,” Counter stated.
The singer joins an illustrious roster of previous recipients that incorporates former UN secretary common Ban Ki-Moon, Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, and singer Lionel Richie.
Rihanna, whose complete identify is Robyn Rihanna Fenty, has bought greater than 200 million data, gained 8 Grammy Awards and scored 14 number-one hits. She could also be celebrated for her taste and collaborates with Puma on a clothes line.