Drake loves Rihanna and he just professed it the grandest way possible.
While presenting the MTV Lifetime Achievement Award, Sunday, August 28, to Robyn Fenty aka Rihanna, Drake said, “she’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22-years-old.”
The event was held for the first time ever at the Madison Square Garden, New York. Other winners of the award include Beyonce and Micheal Jackson. The award is also called The Micheal Jackson Vanguard Award.
As she made to receive the award, a subtle exchange of PDAs passed between them and we, including the millions of people all over the globe who watched the show are aware RiRi and Drizzy have crazy chemistry.
Read the full transcript of Drake’s speech as he showers her with praises and calls her a “legend” and an “iconic being.”
The first time I met Robyn Fenty was in 2005, she was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avacado in Toronto, the song was Pon The Replay, and the director of the video was Little X.
I was introduced to her as a kid who played background music at the restaurant as people ate their dinner. It’s hard to believe that eleven years later on three of us would come together to create the visual for her song called Work.
Today the world knows Little X as Director X, they know me as Drake and not the tea boy who sang while you ordered pasta. But eleven years later, the world still knows Rihanna, as the one and only Rihanna.
Captivating from day one, the iconic being that is Rihanna was already at a place where most artists only dream about. For them that’s often the peak but for her that was the starting point and she has kept ascending to an untouchable level ever since.
When it comes to music she relentlessly takes over the chart with ever release, when it comes to performance, they swarm 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 yourself, which is where it gets a little awkward.
What’s most impressive isn’t the endlessness of staffs, awards and accomplishment. What most impressive is her person.
Some artists need to play a character to achieve success, some downplay their own natural instincts to blend in, she succeeds by being something no one in the music industry does which is being herself.
This woman has surpassed all competition while still being the same girl from Barbados, surrounded by the same friends, speaking with the same accent…..
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., 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 have looked up to her, even though she’s younger than me.
She’s a living, breathing, legend in our industry, ladies and gentlemen, the recipient of the Micheal Jackson Vanguard Award 2016, Rihanna.
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