Rihanna to accept Harvard humanitarian award

Harvard University thinks Rihanna shines bright like a diamond when it comes to philanthropy.

Rihanna is known for her hit songs, but the American University of Harvard on Wednesday honored another facet of the star by naming her humanitarian personality of the year.

Rihanna is being honored for several philanthropic efforts.

Rihanna broke a tie for third place with Michael Jackson, who tallied 29 top 10s, as a solo artist.

Rihanna will receive the Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at Harvard at the end of February. But now, she's being recognized for her charitable contributions outside the recording booth. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program - named for her grandparents - for students attending college in the US from Caribbean countries. She has likewise supported the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project, which gives college students from 60 developing countries the opportunity to have an education.

Previous awardees include actor James Earl Jones, Nobel Peace Prize committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland, physician-statistician Hans Rosling, gender rights advocate Malala Yousafzai, tennis player and activist Arthur Ashe, and former Health and Human Services Director Louis Sullivan.

Rihanna will be presented with the award at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Sanders Theatre.

Riri also notched her 30th Billboard Hot 100 top ten hit earlier this week with "Love On the Brain".

  • Salvatore Jensen