And.. the winner for Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 2016 MTV VMAs goes to RIHANNA!!
Rihana stole the hearts of the spectators with some mesmering performances at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night. Rihana was nominated for the Best Female Video for Work and also for Best Collaboration with Calvin Harris for This Is What You Came For. The video also bagged the award for Best Male Video.
Drake, happily and proudly presented the award to the singer. He also shared his his love for the singer, “She’s someone…she’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old, she’s one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I’ve looked up to her even though she’s younger than me. She’s a living, breathing legend in our industry.
Drake recollected his association with the singer:
“The first time I met Robyn Fenty was in 2005. She was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto called Pon De Replay and the director of the video was lil x. I was introduced to her as a kid who played background music at a restaurant as people ate pasta. It’s hard to believe that 11 years later, that all three of us would come together to create visuals for a song called Work. Today, the world knows Little X as Director X, they know me as Drake and not the kid singing while you order pasta. But 11 years later, they still all know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna.”
Drake added Rihana has always captivated him from their first meeting and that the iconic being that is Rihanna was already at a place that most artists only dream of going. For them that is often the peak, but for her that was the starting point that she has kept to ascending to an untouchable level ever since.
Drake said, when it comes to music she relentlessly takes over the charts with every release. When it comes to performances, her fans gather in masses just to be in her presence, obviously. And when it comes to fashion and style, she makes it seem so effortless, until you try and do it’s yourself, which is when it gets a little awkward.
More than her innumerable awards and accomplishments, what’s most impressive about Rihanna is the person herself. Some artists need to play a character to achieve success; some need to downplay their own natural instincts to blend in. She succeeds by doing something no one in this industry does, which is being herself, said Drake.
Rihanna as a personality surpassed all competition while still remaining the same girl from Barbados surrounded by the same friends, speaking with the same accent and never missing a Crop Over unless it’s to come perform at OVO Fest. We love the music, which can change styles from album to album. We love the videos, which change their artistic vision from year to year year. But most of all, we love the woman who hasn’t changed since day one.”
Watch the video uploaded by MTV: