"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old"
The Toronto rapper had a busy evening at the ceremony, having been nominated for four awards on the night (he only picked up one gong, however – Best Hip-Hop Video for ‘Hotline Bling’) as well as being tasked with the duty of presenting Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
During his tribute to Rihanna, Drake – dressed in a full tuxedo for the occasion – claimed that he’d be in love with the Barbadian singer since he was 22 years old.
“She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,” the 29-year-old said. “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.”
Upon accepting the award, Rihanna dedicated the honour and her success to both those closest to her and her fans.
“This success is 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,” she said. “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.”
Watch the tribute below.
See the full list of winners from last night’s VMAs here.