Diamond Ball Hosted by Rihanna

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball - Inside
Rihanna’s Diamond Ball ‘not about me,’ the singer says

 

 

 

The event: Just as in her gem of a hit tune, Rihanna looked every bit as “beautiful like diamonds in the sky” at the Dec. 10 Diamond Ball.

The event benefits the pop star’s Clara Lionel Foundation — named for her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite — which funds projects to improve the quality of life in areas of health, education, arts and culture.

The crowd: Kevin Hart hosted the gala black-tie affair, honoring Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and culminating in a performance by Lionel Richie.

The audience included Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Emily Ratajkowski, Zendaya, Mehcad Brooks and sports figures Andre Ward, Miguel Cotto, Asafa Powell and Rickie Fowler.

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball - Inside

 

To read my entire story in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, click here. Scroll down the page to see more pictures.

Not surprisingly, as an aside, Rihanna looked gorgeous in her pale pink Dior gown, for which her manager generously shelled out $45,500 for a duplicate version.

Like the gown sale and unlike some auctions, there were no opportunities for bargain-hunters at the Diamond Ball. Instead, magnanimity prevailed.

While a bottle of Armand de Brignac 3L Rose would have retailed for $3,500, on this night two bottles bearing Rihanna’s autograph sold for $17,000 each.

Then again, there was no shortage of Armand de Brignac, D’Usse cocktails and Francis Ford Coppola wines served to patrons, i.e., prospective bidders, throughout the evening. (There’s nothing better than good alcohol to loosen purse strings — and of course, a good cause.)

 

THE PHOTOS: 

Top photo: Host Kevin Hart joins Rihanna at the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation, named for the recording star’s grandparents (Photo by Christopher Polk/ Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball - Inside
Second photo: Lionel Richie enthusiastically volunteered to perform for guests at the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation (Photo by Christopher Polk/ Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball - Red Carpet
Third photo: Actress/ singer/ model Zendaya at the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation (Photo by Christopher Polk/ Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

 

Fourth photo: TV personality Kylie Jenner at the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna and to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation (Photo by Jason Kempin/ Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball - Red Carpet

Fifth photo: Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation (Photo by Christopher Polk/ Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

Rihanna and The Clara Lionel Foundation Host 2nd Annual Diamond Ball - Red Carpet

 

Sixth photo: Former NFL player Rodney Peete and actress Holly Robinson Peete at the 2nd Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Rihanna to benefit the Clara Lionel Foundation (Photo by Jason Kempin/ Getty Images for The Clara Lionel Foundation)

 

Seventh photo: Rihanna at the D’Usse and Armand de Brignac bar at the Barker Hanger for the 2nd annual Diamond Ball  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/ Getty Images for Berk Communications)

 

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Diamond Ball Hosted by Rihanna

Dec. 12, 2016 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA