Rihanna To Open 2016 MTV VMAs

Published: Saturday 27th Aug 2016 by Sam

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are set to kick off in interesting fashion.

For, Rihanna will officially open the show tomorrow.

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The Bajan sensation made the announcement herself this evening. She said on Twitter:

It’s quite the coup for the star, who’ll also be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at tomorrow’s event.

That said, she’ll have fierce competition for column inches as the likes of Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and allegedly Beyonce are also taking to the stage.

The 2016 VMAs airs live from Madison Square Garden tomorrow 8/9c.

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  1. #TeamTinashe Stan August 27, 2016

    She’ll slay as she is at her best and gives it her ALL when performing for Awards shows opposed to her own tour shows.

    • Angel candice August 27, 2016

      Oh good for her to have her moment. And as the tour rituals go… The small ones open for the big ones!

      • Mark111?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️ August 27, 2016

        That’s TOUR. This is an award show, the best of the best opens the show. The opening is the most important to all award shows, that always been the rule. 2nd is the closing Nice try tho.

    • Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

      girl shut up

      • Angel candice August 27, 2016

        No hating, ri is great but common there are legends on the stage that she can not do otherwise but respect.

    • Andrew August 27, 2016

      Just have a feeling that something horribile will happen to one of the signers… Just a feeling. And it’s not ironic. I feel like aaliyah is bringing someone home.

    • Hydroquinone August 27, 2016

      Beyonce Rihanna Briteny and Nicki Minaj are performing on the same stage, what I’ll give to actually have them all on the same track, it will spend half a year at number one haaaa…. Needed me, Sorry, Make me, side to side, I’m here for this

  2. HailLegendBeysus August 27, 2016

    Hmmm… I feel she should be the one closing the Show or at least be performing Midway through the event. Hopefully no other performance overshadows her performance seeing as she is receiving the MJ Vanguard Award. There is a big list of current artists peforming this year.

    • Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

      Bey will make her a distant memory

      • SMH August 27, 2016

        Lol y’all say that every day and it still hasn’t happened.

  3. Meme August 27, 2016

    She’s not opening the awards. This is an ameteur made video.

    • HailLegendBeysus August 27, 2016

      LMAO!!! Ummm…. She INFACT tweeted this herself. What kind of stan????
      Rihanna‏ @rihanna

      Kickin Awf the @MTV #VMAs Sun at 9PM! Thank you for this ? in honor of the #VMAs2016 era @pandagunda! #RiRiVanguard
      (link: https://amp.twimg.com/v/6a15a7ed-53f1-4c10-93fc-5dc784d42abc) amp.twimg.com/v/6a15a7ed-53f…
      Aug 26, 2016, 9:37 PM

      • Yandi August 27, 2016

        She is said to be performing 4 times… hope it’s the FIRST PERFORMANCE to MANY !!????

        SLAY ZAUGHTERRRRR, Get You Some????!!

      • Yandi August 27, 2016

        She is said to be performing 4 times… Lets hope it’s the FIRST PERFORMANCE to MANY !!????

        SLAY ZAUGHTERRRRR, Get You Some????!!

      • Meme August 27, 2016

        Yeah I saw her IG post too.

        So here is what I’ve gathered from solid sources.

        Performance #1. Opening performance of new single Love on the brain.

        Performance #2. Melody of all her hits before accepting her award. She’s also performing alone…so no drake or jay.

  4. Nigeria loves rihanna August 27, 2016

    This gonna be so lit I can’t wait, at last this era turn out to be Rihanna’s best era . Never thought she is gonna come through this era but she did.She been breaking legends records left & right.

    • Angel candice August 27, 2016

      And rihanna still doesn’t know about nigeria’s existence.

      • Sq Nigeria loves rihanna August 27, 2016

        And Nigeria don’t know u pressed ass too.

  5. eggplantinyomouth August 27, 2016

    ??????? my ears bout to be all f***** up f***** wit riri

  6. DaVinci August 27, 2016

    The VMA’s haven’t been this anticipated in years..

    • Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

      It still isnt

  7. DaVinci August 27, 2016

    Im still presst Fifth Harmony not performing

    • Honey G August 27, 2016

      No we good !

  8. The Kpop Guy, Matt~ August 27, 2016

    I can’t wait. Most of us grew up with Rihanna , the sound track to our Primary and Highschool years.

    • Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

      Girl please

    • Suicide Blonde August 27, 2016

      How old are you?

    • Hmmm… August 27, 2016

      Primary and high school years… How old are you?

    • The Kpop Guy, Matt~ August 27, 2016

      Turnin 22

  9. Royalkev August 27, 2016

    Yeah I’m talking ‘Ye, yeah I’m talking Rih, yeah I’m talking B… I’m actually excited to see this show! Seems like everyone will be on their A game! Glad to see Onika and Ariana again too! Britney better not drop the ball!

  10. UPGRADEBOY August 27, 2016

    She better come up with something controversial if she wanna be remembered a little bit that night

    • Mark August 27, 2016

      Yonce better come up with a gimmick if she wants to steal the spotlight.Maybe announce another pregnancy?

      • Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

        Rhi has NOTHING on Bey performce. Stop being intentionally stupid. Lets just focus on Rhi stayn on key.

      • LB August 27, 2016

        Ri will show her nips and grind on Drakes micro D. I cant wait!!!

      • Mark August 27, 2016

        Yonce will dry hump a camel.

  11. MsYonce August 27, 2016

    She better bring it! And who came up with this thing that she’s performing 4 times? Cause I don’t see it. This girl has to do a 14-16 minute melody that’s a lot I just don’t see her having 4 performances.

    • HailLegendBeysus August 27, 2016

      I know, like calm down. That just makes no sense lol!

  12. Reality August 27, 2016

    So I’m sampling Britney’s “Glory” album and while I don’t like the sound or the direction, (because it sounds generic, as in it’s the sound everyone on pop radio is doing) there are a FEW songs I do like. However it reminds me of MØ … Like Usher, I don’t get why these Veteran artist keep chasing these “youthful” songs/trends? I personally feel their music should be getting mature with age, which in turn would be schooling the new artist. I mean it’s a damn shame when you have people like Nick Jonas and Ariana Grande having more mature sounding songs…

  13. BeyKnowlesBest August 27, 2016

    I been waiting on that sunshine boy I think I need that back ??

  14. Jackx August 27, 2016

    hope she’s not performing love on the brain. even though it’s her next single. she already sang that at the billboard music awards

    • HailLegendBeysus August 27, 2016

      She has a 14min slot. So she just might.

    • Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

      Hell, she ought to. That was one song she slaaayed honey. Finally she stayed on key.

  15. Truth(yaaasss honey) August 27, 2016

    I will be watchn

  16. Jamie August 27, 2016

    I don’t know what’s more disturbing, the fact that she hasn’t grown since her first VMA performance or the fact she’s getting this award when there are artists way more deserving…

    • Hmmm… August 27, 2016

      I think this would’ve been a good year to give it to Aaliyah. Usher could’ve also been considered. Missy Elliot should’ve gotten this award a loooooooonnnngggg time ago. There were so many other deserving options that it’s clear at this point, in opting for popularity, that the VMA’s are hanging by a thread.

      • Jamie August 27, 2016


  17. Suicide Blonde August 27, 2016

    If she’s opening the show, then it’s going to be one of those special MTV performances.

  18. BLACKOUT TBH August 27, 2016

    I love Rihanna, don’t get me wrong but she does not deserve this award. And since when do you open the show with the recipient of the MJ award anyway? The opening is always either someone who’s coming back with new stuff or has some sort of statement to make (Britney’s single debuts, her Madonna kiss, Nicki & Taylor squashing beef etc). It should be Britney opening for the sake of an iconic/nostalgic comeback moment, then Rihanna’s MJ shenanigans midway and maybe Beyonce could close or whatever but to open with this at the VMA’s on the year that Britney is meant to be coming back is just lazy. Not to mention disrespectful. Britney made this award show. Give her the damn slot. Same with Beyonce, she’s overrated AF but she is the most nominated so if she performs she better be closing. I wouldn’t even show up if I was Bey and they had me performing mid-show. Bye. Nope.

    • BEY>RIH August 27, 2016

      Even though I sorta agree… I’d rather see a crackhead open the show before a robot.

      • What you talkin bout Willis August 27, 2016

        Not crackhead and robot? Jesus take the wheel and park it in the driveway… Lmao

    • Rihboy August 27, 2016

      Well who made you v.m.a director/ vanguard judge? Rihanna more than deserves this for contributions to pop culture and visual tenures. She has more creativity and set trends in her pinky then bey has in her whole hand. She has become a staple in the music industry regardless of what you say. The music industry has literally become Beyoncé versus Rihanna. She has been through years of backlash! Years of people telling her she can’t! Years of people saying she won’t do! Years of people saying she’s over! But guess what? She isn’t.! And I’m glad she is receiving this award. I’m glad she is wrapping up the anti era like this. Now she can focus on her endorsements and projects that actually thrive and sell. Focus on these big cinema projects coming up. All the cake needs on top is for her to drop anti part 2 or rerelease with a b side to the album and let it self itself or stream itself. Seeing that anti has surpassed 1.2 billion streams ( thought nobody cares though). You guys will just have to seethe as usual. The award is going to her. Regardless. Tune in. Stay mad. Keep grinding.

    • Mr.StLaurent August 27, 2016

      Agreed. Beyonce should close the show

  19. Rihboy August 27, 2016

    I think bey is doing a prince tribute. We’ve all seen her tour everywhere so if she is coming to perform greatest hits ; it would just look desperate seeing that that’s what Rihanna is doing. I think Rihanna is performing twice. On the commercial it says Rihanna takes the stages as in plural. So I’m thinking she may open with one song from anti maybe; then later on down the line give vanguard tease.

    • MsYonce August 27, 2016

      The vanguard winner gets the longest slot of the night she’ll have to fit everything in there that’s how it’s done. MTV has to fit all the other performers in the time slot they have for the show which is like 2hours I think. They’re already 9 other confirmed performers and they will probably be more. Awards have to be presented etc. The only way Rihanna is performing twice is if she performing with another artists or she

  20. Hydroquinone August 27, 2016

    Yoooouu Needed me, I hope she performs Needed me for like 10 minutes none stop. lol I’m so obsessed with that song, Feel a little more and give a little less I know you hate to confess, On the other Hand I can’t wait to see My Queen Bey perform as well…

  21. Bitchpleaseeee August 27, 2016

    Rihanna will s*** it down !!!!!!!!!?????????

    • Bitchpleaseeee August 27, 2016


  22. Stephy August 27, 2016

    Can’t wait to watch!

  23. Valerie August 27, 2016

    They certainly didn’t want to save her until last did they? A bit shady of them to have her open and not close lol.

    • Mr.StLaurent August 27, 2016

      Who knows…
      Maybe she ask to open or they offer her the choise. Since she receive the Vanguard Awards.

  24. Keri Qween August 27, 2016

    She always holds her own at awards shows

    Go rihhh ?

  25. Mark111?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️?️ August 27, 2016

    She’s going to kill it. This is taking her career to the next level. She’s entering legendary status now.
    Haters need to worry will anyone know any of the songs Beyonce perform, since there’s no hits this Era.

    • Amerikkka’s Most Wanted ~tyler August 27, 2016

      Are you sure about that ? Performance wise Rihanna f****** sucks

    • Mark August 27, 2016

      Kiii Beyonce has no hits to perform.Grape soda is tanking, the GP is tired.

    • Rihboy August 27, 2016

      Exactly ! No hits this era. Must be a desperate attempt to get something to stick since the masses are completely over lemonade.

  26. FC/JC August 27, 2016

    Ill be tuned in, Yet Im not diving into all this hype being created…. Award shows in general have been a huge let down for the past several years…

  27. JOHNVIDAL August 27, 2016

    Open? Aren´t this type of performances usually saved for later on in the show? Wow I guess they know they cannot leave the best for last with her cause nothing about it will be “best” material LMAO

  28. Nowqd Reddish tran ivy blobukz Need UK timely Ukuno eremixi August 27, 2016

    Cant wait for Drake and Rihanna performance

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