Only Rihanna Could Make a #Blessed Instagram Post Not Annoying

It’s a known fact that anybody who writes anything on social media about how they’re #blessed is one humble brag away from floating away to Mars on that big head of theirs.

Unless it’s a joke or like us, you use it to point out how #blessed has become synonymous with bullshit.

In fact, even if you don’t actually use the hashtag, it’s hard to express gratitude on social media and come off as being genuine. Especially as a celebrity.

Look at what happened when Anne Hathaway tried to thank Beyonce for releasing Lemonade and ended up turning it into an ad for how bizarre and lame she is.

But this morning, Rihanna figured out a way to express her gratitude on social media that actually sounded genuine. Here’s what she said:

“#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! I have the most incredible people in my life! My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team!!! All gifted and beautiful spirits! And I’m so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other! It’s because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career! And it’s also because of you that I was able to pull off a night like this one, with 4 medley performances, 4 set productions, 4 outfits, 4 hair and makeup looks, and all in 4 days of rehearsal!! It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colors that I’m made of as an artist! My journal has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me! Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! @MTV team you were a dream to work with! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige, @traceeellisross for your kind words! @champagnepapi your speech was so touching and I love you for that! 

All in all…Best night ever!!! I’m a lucky girl!!! To God be the Glory! #RiRiVanguard

#VMA2016 night was one that I would never forget!! I have the most incredible people in my life! My family, friends, loved ones, my fans, my team!!! All gifted beautiful spirits! And I’m so grateful that God has precisely and flawlessly arranged our paths to meet at each other! It’s because of you that I was able to reach this moment in my career! And it’s also because of you that I was able to pull off a night like this one, with 4 medley performances, 4 set productions, 4 outfits, 4 hair and makeup looks, and all in 4 days of rehearsal! It was a challenge but I wanted nothing more than to give my fans a true representation of all the colors that I’m made of as an artist! My journey has been filled with growth and people who continue to inspire me! Forever grateful to everyone involved creatively, from choreography all the way to wardrobe and production! @MTV team you were a dream to work with! Thank you to the beautiful @iamnaomicampbell @therealmaryjblige @traceeellisross for your kind words! @champagnepapi your speech was so touching and I love you for that! All in all….Best night ever!!! I’m a lucky girl!!! To God be the Glory! #RiRiVanguard

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Maybe it works because of all the exclamation marks or maybe it’s simply because writing a mini essay on Instagram about how grateful and blessed she is isn’t a typical Rihanna move.

Normally, if she writes a caption on Instagram at all, it’s just an emoji or something savage and cute like “cuntceited.”

cuntceited.

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Some celebrities, cough cough Lady Gaga, show off about how lucky they are on the regular, which is nice, but almost makes it seem like they feel the need to prove how indebted to their fans they are.

Rihanna doesn’t do that.

When she does post fan interactions on Instagram, it’s less of an “I love you forever I swear, just keep buying my albums” situation, and more of an, “You’re dope, the world should know about you” type thing.

Like when she posted this Instagram video of a fan singing along to her song like a boss.

Washington,DC the #ANTIWORLDTOUR is in your city today! 🎈🔫

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Or this picture of a fan who killed her Rihanna-inspired outfit.

So for Rihanna to break down and write a mushy essay about how grateful she feels, well, she must have really felt it.

Celebrities take note: the clearest way to prove you’re a genuine person isn’t to come out with a song called “I’m Real” or routinely pour your heart out on social media. It’s to keep things 100 all the time and only show feelings when people least expect it.


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