Here’s Drake’s Speech To Rihanna Confessing His Love For Her – At The 2016 VMAs
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Drake Speech To Rihanna
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Drake finally did it. He admitted his love for Rihanna in front of millions of TV viewers at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards! Drake and Rihanna at the VMAs 2016 were definitely one of the highlights of the evening. Drake’s speech when presenting an award to Rihanna had everybody in awe, as he gushed about his love and pride for the famed singer. The Drake-Rihanna kiss that followed afterward, showed just how deep Drake’s affection for Rihanna, truly runs.

At the VMAs

The event was the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Drake came up to present the 2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna. After coming up on stage, he gave a touching speech about his love for Rihanna as a person and a performer. He praised her music and the fantastic videos that she had created.

Drake’s Heartfelt Speech

At the 2016 MTV VMAs, Drake’s speech was heartfelt and amazing. He said, “We love the music which could change styles from album to album. 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. 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 is younger than me. She’s a living, breathing legend in our industry. Ladies and gentlemen, the recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award for 2016: Rihanna.”

Thanking Black Women

After giving her a big hug, Drake gave Rihanna a quick kiss and presented the award to her. Rihanna thanked her fans and the country as a whole for the award. She thanked the directors and artists she worked with, who took a chance on her crazy ideas. She said that she had grown so much in the past 11 years and now, here she was getting the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award at the young age of 28! She said that this success was not her own but the success of every black woman. It was a highly emotional speech that stirred everyone in the audience, and the millions of people watching it live on TV.

A Gentleman

Drake confessing his love for Rihanna took everyone by surprise because the singer rarely talks about his emotions. Drake is older that Rihanna and the respect he showed for Rihanna shows what a mature and well behaved man Drake is.

Past Winners

In her 11-year career, Rihanna has been nominated for 23 VMAs and has won four. This includes two Video of the Year Awards, for “Umbrella” in 2007 and “We Found Love“ in 2012. Some of the previous recipients of the award include Kanye West, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. The VMA is a prestigious award because it puts to test the creativity of the artist. His or her vision is put out there for millions to see and pass judgement on.

Setting the Bar High

Drake’s speech to Rihanna brought Rihanna’s high quality of work over the last 11 years to light. Drake said that while other artists can only dream of reaching the status that Rihanna has, Rihanna herself keeps ascending all the while. The quality of her work keeps increasing all the time, and despite so much success, Rihanna has not changed from the simple and good person that she is. Drake said that whether it was commercial success or artistic achievement, Rihanna just keeps raising the bar every time.

A Deserving Winner

Rihanna seemed a bit embarrassed by all the accolades that Drake was giving her, but gracefully accepted all his compliments. Rihanna showed why she is rated so highly as she spoke gracefully on the occasion. Rarely has anyone deserved an award more than Rihanna!

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