As Rihanna said herself, she's a "lucky girl!"
The 28-year-old singer took to Instagram on Thursday night to give thanks to those that helped her along in her career, which ultimately landed her the Michael Jackson Vanguard honor at Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards.
"#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! I have the most incredible people in my life! My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team!!! All gifted beautiful spirits!" RiRi wrote. "And I'm so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other! It's because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career!"
Her boyfriend and longtime friend and collaborator, Drake, presented her with the award, and she also expressed her admiration for him. "@champagnepapi (Drake), your speech was so touching," she gushed. "And I love you for that!"
Rihanna concluded her lengthy caption by exclaiming: "All in all....Best night ever!!! I'm a lucky girl!!! To God be the Glory!"
#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! I have the most incredible people in my life! My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team!!! All gifted beautiful spirits! And I'm so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other! It's because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career! And it's also because of you that I was able to pull off a night like this one, with 4 medley performances, 4 set productions, 4 outfits, 4 hair and makeup looks, and all in 4 days of rehearsal! It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colors that I'm made of as an artist! My journey has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me! Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! @MTV team you were a dream to work with! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige @traceeellisross for your kind words! @champagnepapi your speech was so touching and I love you for that! All in all....Best night ever!!! I'm a lucky girl!!! To God be the Glory! #RiRiVanguard
Drake also had some kind words to say about Rihanna on Instagram. After he presented her with the Vanguard award, he shared a selfie of him kissing the "Work" singer, writing: "This is a night for us all to be thankful for what you have done for us! You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible. Tonight we celebrate you!"
Since Drake declared his love for Rihanna onstage at the VMAs, they've been quite public about their relationship, with Rihanna even getting a tattoo to show how serious she is about her guy. The ink is on her left ankle and is of a camouflage shark. A source tells ET that the new tattoo is a nod to a stuffed animal that Drake bought her during a romantic date last month at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in his native Toronto.
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