What a special night, Navy!
Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards! The accolade pays tribute to her decade-long impact on music, pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy.
To celebrate this great honor, Rihanna opened the show and performed three more times at Madison Square Garden this Sunday, August 28.
Rihanna opened the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards by performing a medley of “Don’t Stop The Music”, “Only Girl (In The World)”, “We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been”.
Naomi Campbell introduced Rihanna: “my friend, my sister, an extraordinary woman”.
Together with a large group of dancers, she performed “Rude Boy”, “What’s My Name” and “Work”.
— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
Rocking a new hairstyle, Rihanna returned to the stage to perform “Needed Me”, “Pour It Up” and “Bitch Better Have My Money”.
Introduced by Mary J. Blige, Rihanna chose “Stay”, “Diamonds” and her latest single “Love On The Brain” as her final choices.
Rihanna, you sang your heart out during your last performance.
Drake surprised everyone by taking the stage to present Rihanna the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.
“The first time I met Robyn Fenty was in 2005. She was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto. The song was ‘Pon de Replay’ and the director was Little X. I was introduced to her… It’s hard to believe that 11 years later we’d come together to create the visual for a song called ‘Work.’ Today the world knows X as Director X… 11 years later, they still know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna. 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.”
RiRi then thanked and we couldn’t be prouder!
“MTV, 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 gonna 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 dream. But now my success is not my own. It’s my family’s, it’s my fan’s, 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. Thank you to every director whose taken a chance on me, and a chance with my crazy ideas, there’s just so much growth that has happened over the last eleven years, and 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, I mean, from the very beginning. Evan and Carl, from SRP, you guys believed in me, you brought me straight to Jay-Z’s office, where I met Jay, Tata, L.A. Reid, Jay Brown, my whole publicity team, my grandpeeps, so many people, man, they write with me from day to day. And my best friends, they never left me. They actually followed my a** all the way to America, gettin’ on my d*amn nerves. They here right now, just witnessing this. This is a big moment. Thank you to Drake, for that amazing speech. Thank you to MTV, I had so much fun! Good night!”
After wrapping up the European leg of the ANTI World Tour last weekend, Rihanna flew straight to New York City. She’s been seen basically everyday and is very likely getting ready for her huge night at the VMAs on Sunday.
Between Britney Spears making her return to the VMAs stage and Rihanna’s career-spanning medley, this year’s MTV Video Music Awards ceremony is already stacked with must-watch performances. But that’s just a fraction of what producers have in store for this Sunday’s show, where surprises and spontaneity rule. Below, executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic breaks down what to expect.
Rihanna will accept the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award not by delivering a speech but by getting to work work work work on stage.
“I’m really excited because she’s taken this opportunity to inject her own creativity into it,” Ignjatovic says. “If we’re talking on Monday the 29th or after the show Sunday, everyone will be surprised with what she’s done to make this honor her own and something that’s extremely impactful.” Rihanna’s medley will touch on “the biggest tracks of her career” as well as music from her latest album, Anti. “I can tell you it’s going to be one of those holy crap VMA moments,” he says. “She’s not playing. She’s bringing it.”
This weekend, Rihanna performed twice at V Festival and wrapped up the European leg of her ANTI World Tour. Scroll down for details.
The next day, she performed at Day 1 of V Festival. Click here for photos.
On Sunday, wearing boots from her very own FENTY x PUMA collection, she closed the Festival rocking a brand new hair style. Click here for pictures.
Ri’s Snapchat (rihanna) was updated with videos and backstage photos from the show. Looking hot!
Find all info about Rihanna’s style on Instagram: @RihannaDailyStyle.
Rihanna’s next scheduled performances:
- August 28: MTV Video Music Awards
- September 3: Made in America Festival in Philadelphia
- September 24: Global Citizen Festival in New York City
- November 27: Formula One in Abu Dhabi
You heard it right!
Rihanna took to Instagram to announce fan favorite “Love On The Brain” as the next single off ANTI, her 8th album.
Back in May, RiRi performed the beautiful track at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Watch again below:
Let us know on Twitter what you think of the choice!
More to come…
It’s almost over, Navy!
This Tuesday (August 16), the last full ANTI World Tour show took place in Berlin, Germany. By full we mean that her upcoming shows are part of festivals or events, as you can find at rihannanow.com/tour.
Rihanna took some time to thank her crew during the show. Also, her Snapchat (rihanna) is updated with lots of videos, so make sure to watch them all — or find them here in case you’re late.
We’re sure going to miss the tour! Share your memories with us on Twitter.
Rihanna rushes to the top of Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart (dated Aug. 20) for the second time in three weeks, as “Needed Me” rises 2-1. Remixed by Bimbo Jones, Cosmic Dawn and Barry Harris, among others, the track is Rihanna’s 27th leader, second-most only to Madonna (46) in the chart’s nearly 40-year history.
“Needed Me” is additionally Rihanna’s fourth Dance Club Songs topper this year, following “Work” (featuring Drake, April 23), “This Is What You Came For,” by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna (July 9), and “Kiss It Better” (Aug. 6). Only four acts have scored four No. 1s in a calendar year, with Rihanna in the lead, having accomplished the feat four times (2016, 2011, 2010, and 2007).
Dating to the Dance Club Songs chart’s Aug. 28, 1976, inception as a national survey, here’s an updated look at the acts with the most No. 1s:
19, Janet Jackson
17, Mariah Carey
16, Kristine W
16, Jennifer Lopez
15, Katy Perry
15, Donna Summer
14, Lady Gaga
13, Dave Aude
13, Whitney Houston
13, Enrique Iglesias
13, Kylie Minogue
Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards! The accolade pays tribute to her decade-long impact on music, pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy.
To celebrate this great honor, Rihanna will perform live from Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9PM ET/PT.
She wrote on Instagram:
Honored to take the #VMAs stage as this year’s Michael Jackson Video #VANGUARD award recipient on August 28!!
Past winners have included Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Kanye West.
Over the course of the last decade, Rihanna has been nominated over 30 times at the award show and has won three times, including two Video of the Year awards for 2007’s “Umbrella” and 2012’s “We Found Love” with Calvin Harris.
Good news, Navy!
Good luck and purchase tickets here in case you’re not a lucky winner.
We are giving you the opportunity to win a pair of 2 DAY PASSES TO MADE IN AMERICA IN PHILLY WHERE RIHANNA WILL BE HEADLINING! 🎈 To enter ➡️ Comment below with the hashtag #MIAxRihannaGiveaway for a chance to win! The winner will be selected at random on 8/16 so make sure you don’t miss out! Buy tickets here: http://livemu.sc/RihannaXMIA ❤️ This is a worldwide contest. 🌎
Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” featuring Rihanna, rebounds from No. 4 on the Hot 100 back to its No. 3 high and tops Hot Dance/Electronic Songs for a third week. The music video has recently hit 400 million views on YouTube.
Rihanna’s No. 7-peaking “Needed Me,” remains at No. 8 this week. The track is inside the top 10 for three months.
For a second night in a row, Rihanna joined Drake’s OVO Fest/Summer Sixteen Tour. She once again performed “Needed Me”, “Bitch Better Have My Money”, “Work” and “Take Care”.
Follow us on Twitter for more updates.
Rihanna took us all by surprise by releasing a music video for “Goodnight Gotham”.
The video was filmed in Paris in December 2014. Rihanna Daily mysteriously invited the Navy to head to the Trocadero for the amazing experience. Find photos here and watch the video below.