Rihanna, Janelle Monáe, Lizzo, and Tracee Ellis Ross were just some of the big names who attended the 51st NAACP Image Awards at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, last night.

Presented by BET, the annual awards ceremony celebrates outstanding achievements of people of color in television, music, literature, and film as well as honouring those who promote social justice through creative endeavors. 

Storm Reid Rihanna Janelle Monae and Lizzo
Storm Reid, Rihanna, Janelle Monae, and Lizzo.

Special honorary awards such as the Chairman's Award, the President’s Award, the Vanguard Award, the Jackie Robinson Sports Award and the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame highlight exceptional individuals and organizations for distinguished public service. 

Last night, dressed in a purple Givenchy dress, Rihanna accepted the President's Award for her work founding the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012, a nonprofit organization that funds education and emergency response programs around the world.

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Rihanna posing with the President's Award

As well as working with the non-profit, the 32-year-old has sidelined her successful music career to build an empire of make-up (Fenty Beauty) and lingerie (Savage x Fenty) so as to serve a diverse audience of races, ethnicities, sizes, and shapes. 

While accepting the award, the Barbados-born singer urged communities to come together and support one another. Watch it back in the tweet below.

"If there's anything that I've learned, we can only fix this world together. We can’t do it divided. I cannot emphasize that enough. We cannot let the de-sensitivity seep in.

"The, 'If it’s your problem, it’s not mine’… When we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown Jr.’s and the Atatiana Jefferson’s of the world, tell your friends to pull up."

"We have been denied opportunities since the beginning of time, and still we prevail," she continued. "Imagine what we could do together."

Click through the gallery above to see some of the fashion from the 2020 NAACP Awards.