- Rihanna smiled beneath her face mask as she heard her name called, but she took a few steps forward before standing.
- Rihanna raised her palm to her heart and murmured thank you as she stood next to Mottley.
In the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday, Rihanna smiled under her face mask as she heard her name called, but she hesitated before standing up.
Top Barbadian government leaders had urged her to join them at a critical juncture in the country’s history.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley informed the multi-Grammy winner, “You can come, my love.”
As the island bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and celebrated becoming a republic for the 1st time in history, Rihanna was named a national hero by the Barbadian authorities and given the title “the proper wonderful.”
“On behalf of a thankful nation, but an even prouder people, we thus present to you Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, the designee for the national hero of Barbados,” the prime minister remarked. “May you continue to shine brightly like a diamond, bringing respect to your country by your words and acts and doing credit wherever you go.” “God bless you, my dear,” says the narrator.
Before they walked offstage and momentarily put their arms around one other, Rihanna raised her palm to her heart and murmured thank you as she stood next to Mottley.
Rihanna greeted several people before returning to her seat, including Prince Charles.
The artist was presented with a huge medal embossed with the outline of Barbados and blew a kiss to the ecstatic crowd in a separate ceremony on Wednesday.
“This is one of those days that I will never forget.” It’s also a day I didn’t see coming,” she remarked in a brief speech encouraging the youth to keep pushing Barbados forward. “I’ve toured the world and gotten numerous prizes and accolades, but nothing compares to being acknowledged in your backyard.”
It’s the first time in 20 years that Barbados has honored a national hero: the previous recipient was former cricketer Garfield St. Aubrun Sobers. Since 1998, 11 persons have been recognized, including a slave who led a rebellion and the first African-American to serve in the island’s legislature.
Early Tuesday, before the actual ceremony, Mottley introduced Rihanna, noting that the pop singer came from humble beginnings and was born less than a mile from where the ceremony was.
She praised the singer for “commanding the world’s imagination through the pursuit of perfection with her inventiveness, discipline, and, above all, her tremendous commitment to the place of her birth,” according to her.
Rihanna has nine Grammy Awards under her belt, including rap, dance, and R&B, and is now working on a new album. She also owns the Savage X Fenty lingerie line, praised for recruiting women and men of all configurations, sizes, and colors for her fashion shows.
Source: CBC News
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