Singer Rihanna attends the 4th annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK – Rihanna’s Diamond Ball appeared to be in her fourth year and continued to make a name as one of the industry’s white-hot, and must-attend parties — all while raising money for charity.
The pop star, fashionista and a make-up mogul held the black-tie gala for her Clara Lionel Foundation on Thursday in New York City, where Childish Gambino run and Tiffany Haddish bid of € 75,000 on earrings.
The “Girls Trip” superstar, per usual, was in an exciting mood at Cipriani Wall Street. When the Chopard earrings were auctioned, the recent Emmy winner told her competition: “Let me something in this world.” The earrings were valued at $112,000.
Haddish looked Gambino, who performed “This Is America”, “3005”, and more songs, as a die-hard fan in the front of the stage, the evening shouting her slogan — “they ready” — while the Emmy-winning “Atlanta” actor performed his Grammy-winning soul anthem, “the Redbone.”
Issa Rae, the Emmy award-and Golden Globe-nominated creator of HBO’s “Insecure” host of the event and fortunately said to the audience: “Rihanna knows my name y’all!”
Trevor Noah, Odell Beckham Jr., Brian Tyree Henry, Paris Hilton, Normani, Meek Mill and A$AP Rocky was one of the famous faces who have taken part in the event for Rihanna ‘s organization, which promotes education and arts globally and helps the emergency response programs. The 30-year-old singer started the foundation in 2012 and named it after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.
“In the past I have wanted to so many causes, and you will go to a foundation and one foundation. And I don’t think it’s fair to turn your back on someone who needs help, just because it does not fit in the holder of your mold. And I do not think that charities should be cast like that— not for me in any case,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Some people, it works for them, but for me personally, I could not sleep, knowing that I can’t help someone with AIDS because my love is about cancer. Everyone needs help, you don’t even know what that means, schools supplies, it can be something as light as that. But we would always, always reach and support, so this is an ever-growing love.”
The Clara Lionel Foundation, which has contributed to those affected by the Hurricanes Harvey and Mary, has a goal to raise $25 million for an emergency response fund next year the Diamond Ball. The organization also has a scholarship fund as oncology and nuclear medicine in Barbados, where Rihanna was born and raise.
Seth Meyers surprised the audience when he came to help with the live auction, which raised more than $1 million. Other participants included Gucci Mane, Teyana Taylor, La La Anthony, Fabolous, Gayle King, Nipsey Hussle, Skylar Diggins, Justine Skye and DJ Mustard, who performed after Gambino.
Hugh Evans, the CEO of Global Citizen, to receive the 2018 Diamond Ball Award.