Rihanna shined bright like a diamond this week, at her second annual Diamond Ball, benefiting her Clara Lionel Foundation. The event, hosted by funnyman Kevin Hart, was held at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, and was chock-full of A-list guests, including Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kylie Jenner and Lionel Richie.
The “Fly” recording artist looked nothing short of gorgeous as she arrived on the red carpet in a strapless gold metallic Dior gown, accessorized with Cartier diamonds. The eight-time Grammy winner spent the night mingling with her guests, while raising funds for her foundation, which works to help underprivileged communities around the world receive a better quality of life. The bad gal began her charity in 2012, in memory of her lovely grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.
“It means a lot. It’s the second year and it’s almost doubled in attendance. So many people came out and donated and are supporting this charity tonight,” the singer told E! on Thursday, Dec. 10.
During the night, attendees enjoyed a sit-down dinner before moving onto an auction including one of a kind items inclusing a guitar signed by Bono and front row tickets to the Puma by Rihanna AW16 fashion show. The night came to an end with a performance by Lionel Richie. At the end of the day, the 27-year-old cleaned up, raising more than $3 million to support the foundation.
“It feels good to have all of these people stop what they’re doing and get dressed up to come out and donate money to this charity for an amazing, amazing cause,” RiRi said. “They want to change lives and it feels special.”
‘Tis the season!