Make Rihanna a Dame, Stoute says
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.