Barbados has named Rihanna as an honorary cultural ambassador for her native Caribbean island.

Prime Minister David Thompson made the announcement at a rally Thursday night in the capital, Bridgetown, to honor the 20-year-old singer, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

Thompson said the government also was recognizing Rihanna's contributions by giving her a "piece of the rock" — a plot of real estate in the exclusive Apes Hill area of St. James parish.