At this year's MTV Video Music Awards, Rihanna received the Video Vanguard Award, which honors a musician's video repertoire as a whole. And while Rihanna may be young (she's only 28!) and have much more of her career ahead of her, it's hard to deny that she's had some memorable videos — from "Umbrella" to "Rude Boy" to "Work" — and has just put out a ton of videos, period. While Sunday was definitely Rihanna's time to shine, and shine she did, it's hard not to think of RiRi's frequent collaborator and dude-who-is-constantly-crushing-on-her during this time. And fortunately, we didn't have to wonder too long because Drake presented Rihanna with her Video Vanguard Award and put alllll of his feelings out there.
Drake took the stage in a tux, which is pretty overdressed for the VMAs, but I guess he just wanted to be as formal as possible when honoring/professing his love for his friend. The rapper started off by talking about the time he first met Rihanna, in Toronto when she was filming the video for "Pon De Replay" which was directed by Director X, and then he explained, "It's hard to believe that 11 years later the three of us would come together to create the visual for 'Work.'"
But because Drake isn't one to hold back his emotions, he didn't just talk about their work together — he talked about his feelings for Rihanna, too. First, while explaining why she is so genuine, he said, "Most of all, we love the woman who hasn't changed since day one." And then, toward the end of his speech he really opened up. "She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," he said. "She's one of my best friends in the world." Rihanna gave a little playful eye roll in this moment, and she didn't go on to profess her love for him or anything, so the fact that they were legit dressed like a bride and groom didn't lead the show to turn into an on-the-spot wedding, unfortunately.
It's hard to know just how serious Drake was being when he said he's in love with her — Is he seriously like, "Hey girl. We need to date for real?" Or does he just have a lot of love for her and understands it's not going to be reciprocated? I don't know. But it is clear that he has a ton of respect and adoration for her, and seeing him get all giddy over her in his unnecessarily fancy ensemble was pretty cute. He was the perfect choice to present her the award.