Rihanna—who couldn't hold back her ear-to-ear smile—then took the microphone to thank MTV and her fans. But she also wanted to take a moment to thank her country.
"This is such an amazing night. It's such an amazing moment in my career," she began. "When I think about the Vanguard Award and receiving this tonight, all I could think of was my country. They're going to be so proud This is the first Vanguard to land anywhere close to my country."