Rihanna‘s strides in music, acting, fashion, and philanthropy may have made her a shoo-in for the President’s Award at the 51st annual NAACP Image Awards (February 22), but her modest yet stirring acceptance speech only confirmed why she was most worthy of the honor.
“Tonight is not really about me, because the purpose is bigger than me, right?” she said upon accepting her award. “It’s not bigger than us together, but it’s bigger than me, because my part is a very small part of the work that is being done in this world and the work that is yet to be done.”
Leading the event’s attendees at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium to respond with a roaring standing ovation, look inside to see what else she said:
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