Rihanna, the 29-year-old singer from Barbados best known as a R&B superstar, has been named the 'Harvard University Humanitarian 2017 Of The Year' for her charity work. She will be given the award in person on the Harvard campus on February 28, the university announced.
Harvard Foundation director S. Allen Counter was quoted by AFP as saying, "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."
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For Caribbean students studying in the United States, she has also set up a scholarship program, named after her grandparents, and supports efforts to give girls better access to education and learning in the developing world.
The singer joins an illustrious roster of past recipients that includes former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, and singer Lionel Richie.
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Rihanna, whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty has sold more than 200 million records, won eight Grammy Awards and scored 14 number-one hits. She is also celebrated for her style and collaborates with Puma on a clothing line.