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Rihanna at the "Black Girls Rock!" award as she accepted her Rock Star award on stage.

Rihanna wins Rock Star award at ‘Black Girls Rock!’ event

4 April 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Newark, NJ, United States (4E) – Rihanna won the Rock Star award at the “Black Girls Rock!” event on Friday night and during her acceptance speech, she said that she hopes she can inspire a lot of young women.

The annual event took place at the Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey and it honors black women who have been making an impact in the United States. The event was hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross. The whole event will be televised this Tuesday on BET.

The “Work” singer thanked the organizers of the event for celebrating black women as she said that they are not being celebrated enough during her acceptance speech. She continued, “The minute you learn to love yourself, you will not want to be anybody else…Role model is not the title they like to give me…but I think I can inspire a lot of young women to be themselves and that is half the battle. Hopefully one day I’ll be raising my own little black girl who rocks.”

According to reports, the audience was able to watch a video montage of the life of the “Umbrella” songstress. One of the moments in the video montage included the grandmother of Rihanna, Gran Dolly, and accordingly, this made her tear up a little before she took the stage and delivered her acceptance speech.

Some of the performers in the annual show are Lauryn Hill, Monica, Brandy, Andra Day, Jazmine Sullivan, and more. Other public figures who were in attendance are Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Shonda Rhimes , and Gladys Knight.

Rihanna is currently having a great year in the music industry as she is making her way across North America for her “ANTI” World Tour. She has also released new hits from her album such as “Kiss It Better” and “Needed Me.”