WATCH: Rihanna's NAACP Image Awards speech on unity still has us in awe

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Rihanna attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET. Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET
Rihanna attends the 51st NAACP Image Awards, Presented by BET. Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET

Rihanna called for unity as she won the President's Award at the 51st Annual NAACP Image Awards. The singer was handed the prestigious accolade during a ceremony at the Pasadena Convention Center in California. 

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During her appearance at the awards ceremony, which honours the achievements of people of colour in motion pictures, TV, music, and literature, Rihanna says she was trying to keep her speech simple as the night wasn't about her because the purpose is bigger than her. She believes her role is a small part of the work that's being done in the world. 

The chart-topping singer then reflected on her philanthropic efforts, saying, "If there's anything I've learnt, it's that we can only fix this world together and we can't do it divided." 

The speech caught the attention of social media users across the globe, where Rihanna was praised for her impassioned words. 

Compiled by Afika Jadezweni

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