Rihanna performed four separate times at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, all leading up to her acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the close of the show. Her friend and frequent collaborator Drake presented her with the award, but he was MIA leading up to the big moment.
When Diddy announced him as the winner of Best Hip-Hop Video, the first award of the night, he informed the audience that Drake was "stuck in traffic." We were left wondering if he would ever show up.
Then, when Rihanna had just finished performing "Love On the Brain," this happened.
Twitter obviously had plenty of fun with Drake's tuxedo, as many prom jokes were made.
Drake sang Rihanna's praises, recounting the first time they met on the set of a music video in 2005. "When it comes to music, she relentlessly takes over the charts with every release," he said. "When it comes to performance, they swarm in masses just to be in her presence."
He went on to commend Rihanna for being herself and admitted, "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."
While tabloids and fans might speculate about romance, we're just happy to see such admiration between artists. They may not have won Best Collaboration, but Drake and Rihanna continue to display amazing respect for each other, which is a nice contrast to the feuds that so often dominate the news.
As if the heartfelt speech weren't enough, Drake even bought Rihanna a billboard to congratulate her on her big win.
Watch Drake's full speech below:
Rihanna went on to accept the award by recognizing her home country of Barbados and saying, "Now my success is not my own. It's my family's, it's my fans', my country's, it's the Caribbean as a whole, it's women, it's Black women ... And I have to thank you guys for supporting me over and over."