The RihRih Awards: Ranking Rihanna’s 2016 VMA Performances


Before Rihanna was honored at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (Aug.28) with prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, the pop princess delivered four exhilarating performances at Madison Square Garden.

She kicked it off with a medley of “Please Don’t Stop the Music,” “Only Girl in the World,” “We Found Love,” and “Where Have You Been.” Then she dipped into her Caribbean roots with “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name,” and “Work” — while being flanked by a group of party people.

That’s when Tracee Ellis Ross stepped into introduce Rihanna again for “Needed Me,” “Pour It Up,” and “Bitch Better Have My Money.” That wasn’t it, though, Mary J. Blige graced the stage to give RihRih some props before she closed her set with “Stay,” “Diamonds,” and “Love on the Brain.”

Click through the gallery to see how VIBE ranked her 2016 VMA performances (from best to worst).