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Rihanna praised by BHTA

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Rihanna praised by BHTA

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LOCAL SUPERSTAR Robyn Rihanna Fenty has come in for high praise from the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), for consistently identifying with her Bajan roots on the international stage.

In congratulating RiRi on being awarded the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards’ highest honour, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, BHTA chairman Roseanne Myers  applauded the 28 year-old not only for her impact on the international music industry but helping to keep Barbados on the map as a beautiful destination.

“It is remarkable what this young, talented Barbadian has achieved internationally over the past ten years. She is the best-selling digital artiste of all times, has sold more than 54 million albums worldwide and has won eight Grammy awards and 14 Billboard awards, just to name a few. This is nothing short of amazing and the fact that she still continues to acknowledge and pay homage to her little island in the sun, speaks volumes,” Myers said.

“We could never pay for the kind of publicity she gives to the island and we want to say a big thank you and congrats to this fantastic Barbadian who continues to take the world by storm. We should all be extremely proud of her.”

Rihanna was selected for the prestigious accolade, also known as the Lifetime Achievement Award, for her ‘decade-long impact on music, pop culture, film and philanthropy’.

Previous recipients of the award include Kanye West (2015), Beyoncé (2014), Justin Timberlake (2013), Britney Spears (2011), Hype Williams (2006), Duran Duran (2003), U2 (2001) and Red Hot Chili Peppers (2000). (PR/SAT)