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Rihanna Thanks Drake For VMAs Tribute, Says 'I Love You'

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NEW YORK — Rihanna is thanking Drake for his tribute to her at MTV's Video Music Awards.

Drake presented Rihanna with MTV's Video Vanguard Award on Sunday night, saying that he's been in love with her for years and has always looked up to her, even though she's younger than him.

#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

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Rihanna responded on Instagram on Friday, telling Drake the speech "was so touching and I love you for that."

Rihanna performed several times on the show. She calls the night one that she'll never forget and says she's "a lucky girl."

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