The star-studded event, hosted by comedian Dave Chappell, raised funds for Rihanna's charitable Clara Lionel Foundation, named after her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. The singer said she was inspired by their generous spirits to help others.
"I believe that as long as you have something you can help someone, you have enough to share, you have enough to help. It doesn't matter how small, how big, as long as you start somewhere. As long as you are there to lend a helping hand," she shared. "I think that's really important in our community and in our society these days."
With this ethos in mind, Rihanna kicked off the foundation's "$1 Campaign," which allowed people to donate what they could, even if they weren't able to afford one of the expensive tables at the black-tie Diamond Ball gala.