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Taylor Swift Named 2012's Most Charitable Star, Rihanna Gives $1.75 Million

The Associated Press, Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 9:30am (PST)

Billboard -- 'Tis the season for pop star charity work.

DoSomething.org named Taylor Swift its top "celeb gone good" for 2012, citing the singer's $4 million donation to the Country Hall of Fame Museum and her Ripple of Hope Award, a charity honor from the Robert F. Kennedy Center that Swift became the youngest person to receive.

DoSomething's list's musician-heavy top 10 also included Miley Cyrus (No. 2), Lady Gaga (No. 4), Justin Bieber (No. 5), Pink (No. 7) and Selena Gomez (No. 9).

Missing from the list: Rihanna, who made a $100,000 food bank donation in November for Hurricane Sandy relief and just announced a $1.75 million contribution to a Barbados hospital.

The pledge, given in honor of her late grandmother, will aid the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in obtaining up-to-date equipment.

"This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program," Rihanna said in a statement to E! News. "I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives, or at least extend them."

Rihanna previously paid tribute to her "Gran Gran Dolly" with some serious ink, getting the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis chest tattoo that appears prominently on her "Unapologetic" album art.

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Find more online: Billboard.com

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