Rihanna may not have walked away with a Grammy this year, but she will receive something equally prestigious as the Harvard Foundation named her the Humanitarian of the year. The announcement of the induction comes just days after her 29th birthday and the news of receiving her 30th top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, a feat achieved only by the Beatles and Madonna. Rihanna will be present on campus Tuesday to accept the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award. In the announcement released by Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter, Rihanna’s philanthropic achievements were highlighted, including a health center to diagnose and treat breast cancer she built in her native homeland of Barbados.
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados.”She has also created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program [named for her grandmother and grandfather] for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries, and supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, a multiyear campaign that will provide children with access to education in over 60 developing countries, giving priority to girls and those affected by lack of access to education in the world today.”
Rihanna joins a collection of Humanitarian of the Year honorees that include Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai, Dolores Huerta, James Earl Jones, and Ban Ki-Moon. If you are looking to catch a quick glimpse of the Barbadian beauty during the free event, you are free out of luck, as a Harvard ID is required and tickets are limited to two per person.