LOS ANGELES, Feb 23: R&B superstar Rihanna has been named the recipient of Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.
The 29-year-old singer will accept the Peter J Gomes honour at the Boston, Massachusetts university next week, reported Billboard.
The Harvard Foundation’s director S Allen Counter has revealed Rihanna will be feted for her charitable work with the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program, named after her grandmother and grandfather, and her efforts in promoting education.
“Rihanna has charitably built a state-of- the-art centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados,” he said.
She will be presented with the award at a Sanders Theatre ceremony on Tuesday.
The news of her latest accolade comes a day after Rihanna made chart history in the US with her 30th top 10 single. “Love on the Brain” breaks a tie with Michael Jackson for the third most top 10 songs.
She now has appeared on 30 tracks that have hit the top 10. Only Madonna and the Beatles have more, with 38 and 34, respectively. (PTI)