There's a lot to love about the Barbadian singing sensation that is Rihanna. Whether it's with her chart-topping albums or her eclectic style, Robyn Rihanna Fenty has made the world swoon time and again.
But not many might know that the 29-year-old is also known for her philanthropic works. And it's for her contributions in this field that Rihanna has been named the 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by Harvard University.
According to the Harvard Gazette, Rihanna will be coming on campus on February 28 to receive the award at the Sanders Theatre. The Harvard Foundation's director, S. Allen Counter, said that Rihanna's charitable works were many, and deserved this prestigious award.
Rihanna has built a center for oncology and nuclear medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados, which will work towards diagnosing and treating breast cancer.
She has also founded the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program for students from the Caribbean countries who're attending college in the United States of America. The singer also supports the Global Partnership for Education and the Global Citizen Project.
The Harvard Foundation honours internationally renowned humanitarians every year with this award. Previous awardees include Kailash Satyarthi, Malala Yousafzai, Kofi Annan, and Boutros-Boutros Ghali, among many others.