The third annual Diamond Ball was held for the first time in New York City. The black-tie fundraising gala helped raised money for the Clara Lionel Foundation which helps to support education, health and emergency response programs around the world. From a message from former president Barack Obama thanking Rihanna for charity work to Kendrick Lamar’s explosive performance, the Diamond Ball was the event to be at that night. With stars like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Trevor Noah, Jamie Foxx, Cardi B and many more in attendance.
The Clara Lionel foundation is a nonprofit organization named after Rihanna’s grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, which she started five years ago. Rihanna said her grandparents have taught her how to be selfless.
“They’ve been my biggest role models in my life. They gave me a new perspective and taught me not to be selfish and to give back to people,“ Rihanna said at the Diamond Ball. “My grandmother instilled in me a kind spirit to always help people. She’s very giving. My grandfather taught me to have a strong work ethic and that everyone can make a difference by helping each other. Creating this foundation is the most important thing I’ve done with my life. I love music, I love fashion, I love makeup, I love everything that I have done, but giving back is the most important and I want to help and make a difference in people’s lives.”
Rihanna attended the event with grandfather Lionel, her mother, Monica Braithwaite, and the rest of her family. Comedian Dave Chappelle hosted the ball and that night $840,000 was raised for the Clara Lionel Foundation.
The granny-winning artist had a busy week in New York releasing her cosmetics line, Fenty Beauty, on September 8 and two days later, she debuted her spring 2018 Fenty x Puma runway collection with a motocross-themed show held at the Park Avenue Armory.