Rihanna Performs 'We Found Love,' 'Work' and More at 2016 VMAs
Rihanna celebrated her win -- the 2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award -- at the 2016 VMAs with a perfectly party-starting performance to kick things off at Madison Square Garden Sunday night (Aug. 28). She's also nominated for Best Female Video and Best Collaboration for "Work."
The pop star's decade-plus of hits has featured almost as many headline-grabbing videos, from the unforgettable "Umbrella" to the island vibes of "Rude Boy" to controversial "We Found Love" to her first-ever foray into directing, 2015's "Bitch Better Have My Money."
For her first VMAs performance, Rihanna -- clad in all-pink, including a Hood By Air t-shirt with red type -- began with "Don't Stop The Music," and turned up the heat even more with "We Found Love." Putting a spotlight on the choreography, she wrapped things up with "Where Have You Been." Preview her performance below:
For the second, she turned a MSG into a bonafide party with an all-dancehall set: transitioning from the legendary "Filthy" riddim into "Rude Boy" and from Beenie Man's "Who Am I" into "What's My Name?", and concluding with about a hundred people onstage dancing to "Work" (which she introduced via a "Freak Of The Week" refix). Preview the performance below:
Her third performance took a dark turn -- literally -- as she donned a black wig and black thigh high boots to sing "Needed Me," Pour It Up," and "Bitch Better Have My Money." Preview the performance below:
The fourth kicked off with Rihanna slaying "Stay" in front of a full orchestra (and white grand piano), in an almost baroque white dress -- she also sang "Diamonds" and "Love On The Brain." Drake came up to the stage afterward to present her with the Video Vanguard award, adding "I've been in love with this woman since I was 22 years old."