The Work singer has been named the recipient of the Rock Star Award at the annual event, which is organised by Black Entertainment Television (BET) executives to promote positive images of black women.

"Thank you @BlackGirlsRock for this years' Rock Star Award!! #BlackGirlsRockBET", Rihanna wrote on Twitter after the award was announced.

Other honourees include writer-producer Shonda Rhimes, R&B legend Gladys Knight, The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira and The Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg. Founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, will also be celebrated at the event.

The ceremony is hosted by Black-ish actor Tracee Ellis Ross in Newark, New Jersey on 1 April (16). The show will be broadcast on 5 April (16).

Rihanna will be in Newark on 2 April (16) with her ANTI world tour, which kicked off in Jacksonville, Florida at the weekend (12-13Mar16). The singer ditched well-known singles including Pon de Replay, Disturbia and Only Girl (In The World) to race through a 90-minute set list full of new tracks from her ANTI album.

After the show, she wrote, "Jacksonville thank you so much for making my opening night an unforgettable one!!! #SoldOwt #ANTIWORLDTOUR (sic)."

According to she told the Tampa, Florida audience on the second night of her tour how much she appreciates their support. She reportedly said, “Y’all don’t owe me anything, and you still show up and show me this type of love... This never gets old. This never gets normal.”

After the North American leg of her tour ends in May (16), Rihanna will move onto Europe in June.