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Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero

Barbados declares Rihanna a national hero

Barbadian singer Rihanna arrives for the 2021 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 13, 2021 in New York.

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Barbados has declared famed singer Rihanna, who hails from the island nation, a national hero.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

She was conferred with the honour at Barbados' republican celebrations in her hometown of Bridgetown.

"May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation by your works, by your actions," PM Mottley told the singer.

In 2018, the government of Barbados gave the singer, whose Robyn Rihanna Fenty, an ambassadorial role. The role meant she would promote education, tourism and investment in her home country.

PM Mottley said Rihanna, one of the best-selling singers of all time, "has a deep love for this country".