Make Rihanna a Dame, Stoute says

Rihanna with her Icon Award after being presented it by her mother Monica Fenty
Rihanna with her Icon Award after being presented it by her mother Monica Fenty

Veteran promoter and performer Richard Stoute has renewed his call for Barbadian pop diva Rihanna to be accorded the country’s highest national honour.

His call comes a day after the 25-year- old international superstar walked away with the first Icon Award of the American Music Awards (AMAs), the highest accolade she has received so far.

Stoute says, in addition to this “remarkable” feat, the singer continues to set high standards for those in the entertainment industry and is a great inspiration to young people.

“I think the highest honour should be bestowed on her –– Dame or whatever. They’ll have to think about it and how much more they can do for her now, but I think she should be given an opportunity to represent [the country] in a very prestigious way,” Stoute told Barbados TODAY.

“I think it’s a really wonderful achievement by this young lady, and I think all Barbadians should be very proud of her because this award is very prestigious. This is a worldwide thing and a little Bajan girl among all of these international people won it. It’s a phenomenal achievement.”

In 2008, Rihanna, born Robyn Fenty, was named Youth and Cultural Ambassador for Barbados, and last year signed a three- year contract with the Barbados Tourism Authority to promote and market the island.

Her rising popularity has led to a record ten million album sales in the United States alone and more than 30 million worldwide.

20 Responses to Make Rihanna a Dame, Stoute says

  1. Sharmian Niel
    Sharmian Niel November 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    You want to put her in the same category as Dame Billie? Words fail me…….

    • Mike -TO December 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Haven’t Tom jones,Mick Jagger and Elton John among others been knighted.Annie Lenox, Roger Daltry, The Bee Gees, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Sting, and Robert Plant are CBEs.Her age should be the only thing that stands in the way at this juncture.

  2. Luisan Rogers
    Luisan Rogers November 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Jolly good idea chappie!

  3. Gina-Ann Trotman
    Gina-Ann Trotman November 26, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Joke of the year… seriously????

  4. Julia Edwards Robinson
    Julia Edwards Robinson November 26, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    What are the qualifications to have dame added to your name?

  5. David E Hall
    David E Hall November 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    NOt Yet!

  6. Tammy Sweets
    Tammy Sweets November 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Still young, living wild n free……leave her as is…

  7. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore November 26, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Rihanna ever tell wunna she want to be a dame,looka stupes

  8. William Smith
    William Smith November 26, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    the man put TC name in the list she is good where she is leave Tc selling insurance. Rihanna does not need that title now she is young and her head is not quite there leave it the way she is until the time is correct

  9. Nicole Clarke
    Nicole Clarke November 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    H̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ serious? Ƨ̷ŧǚpƶƶƶ H̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ want something Τ̅o do or what? H̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ better go buy soM̶̲̥̅̊e asphalt &̤̈̇ barber green &̤̈̇ help fix the ppl roads , since H̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ don’t have nothing better Τ̅o do.

  10. Fiona Griffith
    Fiona Griffith November 26, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Richard Stoute, u said that out LOUD?????????? DAME??????

  11. Edmund Harrison November 28, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    if she becomes a Dame it will show what kind of values this Country really has.

  12. gibson December 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Why copy cat the Brits. Why not name her something Bajan. A Dame is for a British woman and not a Bajan.

  13. Bajan Dave January 14, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    R U 4 real? One of the above commentators noted that a number of British pop stars have received knighthoods, but they all had spent at least 40 years in the entertainment business B4 they got such awards – Elton John, Cliff Richard, Mick Jagger and the lot of them were all in their 50s or 60s when they were knighted. Rihanna is way too young for such an honor at this time. Give her about 30 more years (if she lives that long).

  14. Betty Kavanagh Proverbs November 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    its funny how people don’t want to have anything to do with British but will use the title of Dame to award these singers


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