Rihanna named Barbados hero, officially bestowed ‘right excellent’

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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley, and the President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason, right, during the presidential inauguration ceremony at Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados on November 30, honoring Rihanna as a national hero.Jeff J Mitchell / The Associated Press

Rihanna smiled under her face mask as she heard her name on Tuesday morning, but hesitated before getting up.


Before him, top officials of the Barbadian government encouraged him to join them at a pivotal moment in their country’s history.

“You can come, my dear,” Barbados Prime Minister Mia Motley told the multi-Grammy winner.

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Rihanna had just been declared a national hero by the Barbadian government and awarded a title, “true outstanding”, as the island bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state and for the first time in history. Celebrating the creation of a republic.

“On behalf of a grateful nation, but on behalf of a proud people, we nominate you for the national hero of Barbados, Ambassador Robin Rihanna Fenty,” the prime minister said. “May you shine like a diamond and honor your nation with your words, your actions, and giving credit wherever you go. God bless you, my dear.”

Standing next to Ms. Motley, Rihanna raised her palm towards his heart and said that before they walked off the stage and put their arms around each other.

Before Rihanna sat down again, she greeted several people, including Prince Charles.

On Wednesday, the singer was officially honored in a separate ceremony, where she received a large medallion with an outline of Barbados and a kiss to the cheering crowd.

“It is a day I will never forget. It is also a day I have never seen coming,” she said in a brief speech in which she encouraged young people to pursue Barbados. Have traveled and received many awards and recognitions, but nothing compares to being recognized in the soil in which you grew up.”

It is the first time in more than 20 years that Barbados has conferred the honor of a national-hero: the last person to receive the title was former cricket player Garfield St. Aubran Sobers. A total of 11 people have been honored since 1998, including a slave who led the rebellion and was the first person of African descent to serve in the island’s parliament.

When Ms. Motley Fool introduced Rihanna early Tuesday before the official ceremony, she saw that the pop star came from humble origins and was born less than a mile from where the ceremony was taking place.

He congratulated the singer for “taking command of the world’s imagination through her pursuit of excellence with her creativity, her discipline and above all, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth.”

Rihanna has won nine Grammys in various categories including rap, dance and R&B and is working on an upcoming album. She also owns a lingerie line called Savage x Fenty and has been praised for including women and men of all shapes, sizes and colors for her fashion shows.

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