Rihanna knows how to put on an event, make no mistake about it. At the Barbadian superstar’s third Diamond Ball celebrity fundraiser, many today’s brightest stars came out in support.
The Diamond Ball event supports the Clara Lionel Foundation, Rihanna’s benefit organization that supports education and health programs globally. The last gala was held in 2015, and the first two were both held in Los Angeles. This year’s ball took place at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, with stars like Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Cardi B, Yo Gotti, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kendrick Lamar, who performed a handful songs.
Dave Chappelle served as the event’s host and led an auction that had prizes such as tickets to the Obama Foundation Fall Summitt in Chicago, an autographed large-format bottle Jay-Z’s Armand de Brignac, and other gifts. According to reports, the event raised $800,000 for Rihanna’s foundation. And speaking Barack Obama, the former president left a special video message thanks that played during the Diamond Ball festivities.
Check out images the red carpet entries and more photos from Rihanna’s third Diamond Ball in New York below and on the following page.