Barbados National Hero awarded Rihanna the title of pop musician, just a few days after becoming a republic.
During a ceremony in the singer’s birthplace of Bridgetown, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley referenced Rihanna’s 2012 song ‘Diamonds’ to applause. “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honor to your nation,”The prime Minister declared.
Robyn Rihanna Fenty – who goes by the stage name Rihanna – is the second woman in Barbados history to be given the honor of National Hero after religious leader Sarah Ann Gill, who died in 1866. Rihanna is one of only two Barbados National Heroes. The other was Sir Garfield Sobers (85 years old), who was awarded the title in 1998.
Rihanna is the National Hero of Barbados and receives The Right Excellent Robyn Rihanna Fienty’s full title for her entire life.
It took place shortly after Barbados was declared a republic and Queen Elizabeth II became head of the state. Prince Charles was present to witness the swearing-in ceremony of Dame Sandra Mason as Barbados’s first president.
Though Rihanna’s music career took off in the United States, she was born and raised in the Barbados parish of St. Michael, where she was discovered by American music industry producers.
Rihanna, before she was made National Hero of Barbados in September 2018, served as Barbadian ambassador from September 2018 to September 2018.