Issa Rae to Host, Childish Gambino to Perform at Rihanna's Annual Diamond Ball

It’s almost time for Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball and this year’s event is shaping up to be pretty special.

On Monday, the Rih announced this year’s fundraising event will be hosted by Issa Rae, with a special musical performance from Childish Gambino.

“Issa Rae and Childish Gambino were the dream duo for the fourth annual Diamond Ball and they’re coming!” Rihanna said a statement. “We are honored and grateful to have them help us celebrate the Clara Lionel Foundation this year.”

via Complex:

RiRi launched the annual black-tie event in 2014 to benefit her Clara Lionel Foundation. Named after her grandparents—Clara and Lionel Braithwaite—CFL is a nonprofit that aims to support impoverished communities around the world. The foundation has continued to raise millions of dollars to fund effective education, health, and emergency response programs.

This year’s Diamond Ball Award will be presented to Global Citizen’s CEO Hugh Evans. According to CLF, Evans was chosen as this year’s award recipient because of his commitment to ending extreme poverty, gender inequality, and climate change. In 2012, Evans helped launch the annual Global Citizen Festival with the intention of encouraging lawmakers to combat extreme poverty. This year’s festival will include performances by Cardi B, The Weeknd, Janet Jackson, Janelle Monáe, and more.

We guess Issa didn’t ‘ruin’ her friendship with Rihanna after-all.

The 2018 Diamond Ball will take place on Sept. 13 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

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