Drake may have dedicated an entire billboard to Rihanna’s impending acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award during tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards, but will the “One Dance” rapper be joining his rumored girlfriend on the VMAs stage for a show-stopping performance? While Rihanna is keeping the details of her highly anticipated VMAs performance under wraps, it looks like fans are holding out hope that Rihanna will bring Drake out to perform a medley of their greatest hits including “Take Care,” “Work,” “Too Good,” and “What’s My Name?”
Earlier this month, Rihanna announced via Instagram that she had been named this year’s recipient of the coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and revealed that she would be taking the stage on August 28 at the MTV Video Music Awards in order to accept the honor.
As rumors continue to swirl regarding what type of performance we can expect from Rihanna during tonight’s show, VMAs’ executive producer Jesse Ignjatovic recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to dish on what Rihanna has been working on during rehearsals for tonight’s highly anticipated performance.
Rather than delivering a speech in order to accept the Video Vanguard Award, Ignjatovic admits that Rihanna has opted to perform a medley of her greatest hits including music from her eighth studio album, Anti, which dropped back in February earlier this year.
“I’m really excited because she’s taken this opportunity to inject her own creativity into it,” Ignjatovic explains of Rihanna’s performance. “If we’re talking on Monday the 29th or after the show Sunday, everyone will be surprised with what she’s done to make this honor her own and something that’s extremely impactful.”
Ignjatovic further reveals that the set list for Rihanna’s upcoming performance includes “the biggest tracks of her career” as well as hits from Anti before promising fans that Rihanna will deliver a “holy crap” VMA moment for Sunday night’s show.
“I can tell you it’s going to be one of those holy crap VMA moments,” he explains. “She’s not playing. She’s bringing it.”
With Rihanna set to perform some of the biggest hits of her career, fans have already begun to speculate over whether or not Drake will make a surprise appearance on the VMAs stage this evening given the number of chart-topping hits the duo have produced over the past few years.
Drake has to perform or at least be at the VMAs with Rihanna..he didn’t take the 28th off for no reason pic.twitter.com/E0dN4RIWMA
— Canceled. (@AntiSheaButter) August 22, 2016
— dragana (@fentyxmalik) August 22, 2016
Planning on watching the VMAs because I want to see Rihanna & Drake perform & kiss on stage & make all my dreams come true
— KT (@astoldbygin_ger) August 26, 2016
The news comes just days after Drake congratulated Rihanna on her Video Vanguard Award acceptance via a billboard in Los Angeles with the message, “Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and Everyone at OVO,” further fueling rumors that the duo may in fact be a couple after months of speculation.
In addition to giving Drake and his congratulatory billboard a shout-out on Instagram, Rihanna sent the Drake performance rumors into overdrive yesterday when she took to Snapchat to share a photo of her swapping faces with a photo of the rapper with the caption, “At VMA rehearsal like…”
Rihanna via Snapchat pic.twitter.com/DrPiPsBcpD
— Snap: DrakeBrasil (@DrakeDrizzyBr) August 28, 2016
While there’s currently no confirmation regarding whether or not Drake, whose video for “Hotline Bling” is currently nominated for the Video of the Year award, will appear at tonight’s show, Rihanna and Drake have taken the stage together several times this year to perform their most recent hits “Work” and “Too Good” with the most recent performance occurring at Drake’s annual OVO Fest in Toronto last month.
Tune into tonight’s 2016 MTV Video Music Awards as it airs live from New York’s Madison Square Garden beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
— Rihanna (@rihanna) August 27, 2016
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