Rihanna to Receive Special Recognition at NAACP Image Awards

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Rihanna doesn’t have to make new music to be showered with praise, and another prestigious honor is just about to fall into her lap—the honorary President’s Award at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards.

Rihanna is joining the likes of Jay-Z, Jesse Jackson, Lauryn Hill, and Muhammad Ali, who previously collected this honorary award “in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service.”

The organization’s president Derrick Johnson praised her for enjoying a groundbreaking career as an artist, musician, and a stellar public servant. “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,” said Johnson in a statement.

Rihanna will be presented with her own President’s Award during the NAACP Image Awards live broadcast on February 22nd.

The NAACP Image Awards celebrate television, film, and music created by or featuring African-Americans artists, and they’ll be broadcasted live on BET.