Her work was up for three awards, with Justin Bieber's video Sorry, which she choreographed, nominated for video of the year, best male video, and the new category best longform video. And then at the end, she gracefully accepted the award from a gushing Drake, who declared his love for her, and talked about winning the award for her home country of Barbados.
After months of speculation that he and Rihanna are officially dating again, the two appeared to confirm that they're once again a couple after Drake had nothing but sweet words to say about his rumored girlfriend while presenting her with the prestigious Vanguard Award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Following her was Britney Spears, who returned to the VMA stage after 10 years to perform "Make Me" with G-Eazy. "She's a living, breathing legend in our industry, ladies and gentleman, the recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award for 2016, Rihanna", he added.
So maybe Rihanna just likes to keep Drake on the down low since, you know, he can be a little embarrassing sometimes? Not only did she lip sync, in typical fashion, but she did so badly. He talked about his "Famous" video, which features what appear to be naked images of himself, his wife Kim Kardashian, Swift, Donald Trump and others.
"But if you think about last week it was 22 people murdered in Chicago", he continued.
Performers included Nick Jonas, The Chainsmokers, Ty Dollar $ign and Ariana Grande, who brought spin class to the VMA stage when she sang the reggae-tinged "Side to Side" with Nicki Minaj.
Drake won the first award for the night - best hip hop video for "Hotline Bling". You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible.
Finally, Jimmy Fallon impersonated swimmer Ryan Lochte, making false claims on his musical accomplishments - a reference to the accusation that Lochte filed a false robbery report while in Rio.
Kanye West appears at the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016, in NY. Beyonce won a total of eight awards, including the top prize for video of the year for "Formation".