That boy knows how to give a speech. And he knows what will make women swoon.
He had Rihanna like…
And the rest of us like…
Check out Drake’s full speech below.
The first time I met Robyn Fenty was 2005. She was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto. The song was “Pon de 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 11 years later, all three of us would come together to create the 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.
Captivating from day one, the iconic being that is Rihanna was already at a place where most artists only dream of going. For them, that’s often the peak, but for her that was a starting point, and she has kept ascending to an untouchable level ever since.
When it comes to music, she relentlessly takes over the charts with every 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 when it gets a little awkward.
What’s most impressive isn’t the endless lists of stats, awards and accomplishments. What’s most impressive is the person. 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 that no one in this 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 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 the 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’s younger than me. She’s a living, breathing legend in our industry.
Drake, normally private with his relationship with Rihanna, even went in for a kiss at the end of his speech. Even though it looks like he got some lip action, Rihanna totally gave him the cheek at the last second.
Rihanna was the next one to step up to the mic. And after a few words about how the mic was too low for her, she had some amazing words to share as well.
This is such an amazing night. It’s such an amazing moment in my career. When I think about the Vanguard Award and receiving this tonight, all I could think of was my country. They’re going to be so proud. This is the first Vanguard to land anywhere close to my country. And so, you know my success, it started as my journey, but now my success, it’s 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. 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… I can’t believe I’m receiving a Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at 28 years old. It’s crazy, and I have so many people to thank…
But it doesn’t end there! After the VMAs, Drake took it a step further and posted a selfie of him and Rihanna. Was it to prove something? Hmm, Drake?
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