The R&B superstar was chosen as the recipient of this year's (16) Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and her frequent collaborator and rumoured beau Drake was on hand to present her with the prestigious golden Moonman trophy.
Rihanna, meanwhile, was at the top of the VIP list last night as the recipient of the MTV Video Vanguard Award, with the network honouring her illustrious music video career. "I came here to present my new video but before I do that I'm going to talk". "That's why I called her".
Drake won the first award for the night-best hip hop video for Hotline Bling.
He debuted the video for "Fade", which focused on Teyana Taylor dancing in a thong and sports bra alone in a weightlifting gym, showering nude and transforming into an animal. "There's less than 10 that I can name in history: Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West".
But while their apparent courtship is all good and fine, we need to take a few minutes to just praise Rihanna in all of her talented, fringed glory.
There seemed to be a "diskonnect" between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the 2016 MTV VMAs.
Rihanna slowed it down for her final act with the tracks "Stay", "Diamonds" and "Love On The Brain".
Oh, Kanye - tell me again what you think my favorite body part is.
In the clip, which was tweeted by NBC Olympics, Kim said: 'Hey Simone it's Kim Kardashian West and I just wanted to wish you the best of luck at the Olympics'.
"People come up to me like, 'Man, that's right, take Taylor down, ' - Bro, I love all of y'all".
The source also went on to reveal that Drake is "very smitten" with Rihanna and after years of their dating life being on/off since they were first rumored to be dating back in 2009, he has no plans to let her go this time around.
Completing a star-studded night of music were performances from Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Britney Spears. As Lochte, who is dealing with trouble after filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Rio Olympics, Fallon lied onstage about writing Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and directing the videos nominated for video of the year. His last video, Blackstar, won best art direction.