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Drake Confesses His Love for Rihanna at the 2016 MTV VMAs: Fans Thought He Was Going to Propose

Could a proposal be in the cards for Rihanna and Drake? That’s what fans were hoping for when Drake declared his love for the singer at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 28. Watch the super-sweet moment in the video above!

The “Controlla” rapper, 29, gave a revealing and heartfelt speech when he presented his rumored girlfriend with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and it sent their fans into overdrive.

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No sooner had Drake revealed, “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,” than Twitter erupted with people hoping he was going to pop the question.

“I bet EVERYONE thought that @Drake was about to propose to @Rihanna, because EVERYBODY WANTS THAT, ha! #VMAs,” wrote one fan.

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Others echoed the reaction, writing: “Raise your hand if you thought @Drake was going to propose to @rihanna #VMAs,” and “Drake is gonna propose rn right?”

“I think MTV cut out Drake’s marriage proposal to Rihanna because it would have been too much for the general public to handle,” joked another.

The hopeful followers were reacting to the passionate speech that had the Canadian star close to tears.

"The first time I met Robyn Fenty was 2005," Drake began, using RiRi's birth name. "She was shooting a music video at a restaurant called Avocado in Toronto. The song was 'Pon de Replay' and the director of the video was Little X. I was introduced to her as a kid who played background music at the restaurant as people ate their dinner. It’s hard to believe that 11 years later all three of us would come together for a visual for a song called 'Work.' Today, the world knows Little X as Director X. They know me as Drake and not the kid singing while you order pasta. But 11 years later, we still all know Rihanna as the one and only Rihanna."

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"Captivating from day one, the iconic being that is Rihanna was already at a place where most artists only dream of going. For them, that's often the peak, but for her, that was a starting point and she has kept ascending to an untouchable level ever since. When it comes to music, she relentlessly takes over the charts with every release. When it comes to performance, they swarm in masses just to be in her presence, obviously. And when it comes to fashion and style, she makes it seem so effortless until you try to do it yourself, which is when it gets a little awkward."

He continued: "What's most impressive isn’t the endless list of stats, awards and accomplishments. What's most impressive is the person. Some artists need to play a character to achieve success. Some need to downplay their own natural instincts to blend in. She succeeds by doing something that no one in this music industry does, which is being herself. This woman has surpassed all the competition while still being the same girl from Barbados, surrounded by the same friends, speaking with the same accent and never missing a Crop Over unless it's to come perform at OVO Fest."

"We love the music, which could change styles from album to album. We love the videos, which change their artistic vision from year to year. But most of all, we love the woman, who hasn't changed since day one. She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old. She's one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I've looked up to her even though she's younger than me. She's a living, breathing legend in our industry. Ladies and gentlemen, the recipient of the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award for 2016: Rihanna."

They kissed on stage before Rihanna, 28, made her acceptance speech.

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