Rihanna’s “holy crap”
Rihanna will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award on Sunday at the VMAs, held for the first time at Madison Square Garden. And she will be performing in celebration of the honour. It’s expected to be one of the most memorable moments of the show, perhaps what we’ll be talking most about on Monday, according to the executive producer, Jesse Ignjatovic, who tells Entertainment Weekly that:
“I’m really excited because she’s taken this opportunity to inject her own creativity into it,” Ignjatovic says. “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.” Rihanna’s medley will touch on “the biggest tracks of her career” as well as music from her latest album, Anti. “I can tell you it’s going to be one of those holy crap VMA moments,” he says. “She’s not playing. She’s bringing it.”
Here’s Rihanna in New York yesterday leaving her apartment in sweats, and I’m presuming she’s heading out to rehearse. Two years ago, when Beyonce received her Vanguard, her performance was left to the very end, because they knew that was what everyone was waiting for. Am wondering now what the placement of Rihanna’s performance will be. Do you close on Rihanna? Or do you close the way they typically close, with the presentation of the Video of the Year?