(CMR) Rhianna was declared a national hero of Barbados by Prime Minister Mia Mottley during a ceremony marking the country’s new status as a republic Monday night.
The 33-year-old musician and entrepreneur, who was previously named ambassador to Barbados in 2018, received “the order of national hero” during the event in Bridgetown.
Prime Minister Mottley invited Rihanna on stage to accept the honor as those gathered cheered.
“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,” Mottley said.
“May you continue to shine like a diamond and continue to bring honor to your nation by your words, by your actions, and to do credit wherever you shall go.”
The ceremony was held to commemorate Barbados removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.
Rihanna is the second woman and the 11th person to be declared a national hero of Barbados. The honor allows the singer to use the title “Right Honorable” in front of her name.