Perhaps the mark of true royalty is the ability to upstage a 16-minute Beyoncé performance with a peck on the cheek.
America’s living rooms found love in a hopeless place on Sunday night when Drake presented the Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna at the end of this year’s messy MTV Video Music Awards. We’d endured a rambling Kanye speech, Ariana Grande at SoulCycle and far too many DJ Khaled appearances by the time Rihanna banged out a stunning medley featuring the ballads “Stay,” “Diamonds” and “Love on the Brain.”
But it was what came next that lit up the Twittersphere: Drake, who was “stuck in traffic” during his win for Best Male Video, gave an impassioned speech during which he confessed he’d been in love with Rihanna since he was 22. (He’s now 29.) Drake seemed like he wanted a full-on make-out session when he handed her the Moonman, but Rihanna wasn’t about to smear her lipstick, so she gave him her cheek instead, and then proceeded to thank Barbados a lot and Drake not much at all. So what’s the status of their relationship? We don’t really know, but Twitter’s got jokes anyway. Here are some of the best.