Rihanna's mastery of the music video is the theme of the 2016 Video Music Awards, where the Barbadian pop singer is the recipient of the penultimate prize, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award. The singer opened the show with a dance medley, her first of four planned performances of the night.
During her first performance, the singer riffed quickly through a series of fast-paced, beat-heavy hits from her catalog. The medley included brief snippets of "Don't Stop The Music" and "Only Girl In The World" followed by sections of "We Found Love In A Hopeless Place" and "Where Have You Been." Rihanna was accompanied by a crew of dancers, with the entire ensemble wearing pink.
Like Justin Timberlake, who won the Vanguard award in 2013, and Beyoncé, who took it home in 2014, Rihanna is performing a career-spanning medley of hits this evening. In addition to winning the Vanguard Award, Rihanna was nominated this year for Best Female Video and Best Collaboration for "Work."