Look Drake: MOST people are getting shut down by Rihanna when she is attempted to be kissed, so don’t feel so bad! At the 2016 MTV VMAs, Drizzy gave Rihanna a beautiful speech while presenting her with the Video Vanguard Award, and then moved in to seal the deal… with little success.
First, let’s start with the speech, which was personal and moving and touched upon Rihanna’s humble beginnings in Barbados. The recipient of the Video Vanguard trophy at the age of 28 was presented with an ode to her success by someone who knows her best... and who says he's been "in love" with her since the age of 22.
“We love the music, which can change styles from album to album,” said Drake. “We love the videos, which change their artistic vision from year to year. But most of all, we love the woman, who hasn’t changed since day one.”
Great! But then, this happened:
Pretty sure Drake meant it as a joke, because Rih could be seen mouthing “That wasn’t funny” after the fact. Then, she gave an equally tender speech, in which she called Drake’s words “amazing” and thanked the people who brought her to that stage.
“My success started as my dream, but now my success is not my own—it’s my family’s, it’s my fans’, it’s my country’s, it’s the Caribbean as a whole, it’s women, it’s black women,” Rihanna exclaimed. “So many people feel like their little piece is such a major part of this puzzle, and I have to thank you guys for supporting me, over and over.”
Click here for a full recap of Rihanna’s four-part Video Vanguard performance series at the VMAs, and enjoy an episode of Fuse's digital miniseries The Drake Effect, this one detailing how Drizzy changed hip-hop and R&B radio culture forever: