Rihanna happy with Diamond Ball
She is known as the Barbadian singer who always shines bright like a diamond.
And on Thursday night Rihanna lived up to her international billing as she threw her first annual Diamond Ball – a gala of all galas – meant to benefit her Clara Lionel Foundation.
The charity, named after her grandparents, aims to improve the quality of life for communities globally in the areas of health, education, arts, and culture.
Among the foundation’s triumphs thus far is the Clara Brathwaite Center for Oncology in Nuclear Medicine at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados, named in 2012 for Rihanna’s late grandmother.
The popular singer enlisted the help of some charitable famous friends for the black-tie event, with Brad Pitt, Jimmy Kimmel, Kim Kardashian and Salma Hayek all stepping out to show their support.
“When I first started putting this together, I just wanted it to be sincere and about the foundation and about giving back,” Rihanna told ET on the red carpet at The Vineyard in Beverly Hills. “But to see people wanting to jump in and support it, I can’t tell you how happy I am.”
For the elaborate affair, the host wore a stunning Zac Posen gown and Chopard jewels. Rihanna dazzled on the red carpet but shared the spotlight with her family. Grandfather Lionel Brathwaite was beaming by her side. The singer’s mom and dad, as well as her best friend Melissa Forde, were also in attendance, so too the CEO of the QEH, Dexter James.
Among the night’s highlights were performances from Big Sean and Rihanna herself. The superstar enlisted Pitt to make an on-stage appearance introducing her set.
“He’s the one that loves charity,” Rihanna said of Pitt. “When I reached out to him, he was more than happy to do it. It’s just a matter of giving back.”