This Transcript Of Rihanna’s 2016 Video Vanguard Speech Shows How She Elevated The VMAs

I didn't think anyone could upstage Drake presenting Rihanna with her Video Vanguard Award at the 2016 Video Music Awards. That was, however, until the woman of the hour took the mic herself. RiRi crushed the show all Sunday night, performing fan-favorite hits throughout the evening while wearing outfits only she could pull off. In her Video Vanguard Award speech, Rihanna expressed how taken back she was receiving such an honor at only 28 years old. But what made the speech so incredible was the fact that she didn't totally make it about her.

Of course, she talked about how huge of a milestone this night was for her career and her country, but she took a moment to look to those who don't get the credit she feels they deserve. "My success, it started as my dream," she said. "But now my success is not my own, you know? 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."

RiRi, you make Barbados proud and women proud.

The singer also spoke to how much she's grown over the last 11 years in the business, and after watching her graciously accept this award, I can't wait to see what other incredible things she'll do with her talent.

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Read the rest of Rihanna's amazing speech below: