As Lady Gaga accepted the duo’s first-night award for best collaboration on “Rain on Me,” she praised Ariana Grande and said the two “turned our tears that felt like endless rainfall into diamonds” as they made the hit team together.
“This means the world,” said Gaga, 34, as Jaden Smith handed her the award. “Ariana and I really connected through this song.”
“Me and Ariana are truly soul sisters,” she said. “Girl, this is for us. We both been through some s— together, but we were willing to share that with each other. Ari, I love you.”
Gaga also thanked MTV, Arianators, and their own fans for the support they received.
“I feel like when we were in the studio, we turned our tears that felt like endless rainfall into diamonds,” Gaga continued. “And I will treasure those diamonds with you forever. “
The duo’s “Rain on Me” beat out Black Eyed Peas and “Ritmo” by J Balvin, “Life Is Sweet” by Future and Drake, “Stuck with U” by Grande and Justin Bieber, “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj, and “Beautiful People” by Ed Sheeran with Khalid in the best collab category.
The duo not only took the best collab award but also took home the song of the year for the track off Gaga’s Chromatica album.
Gaga has won the award for Best Artist on her own. Gaga and Grande, 27, were leading the nominations list with nine each ahead of Sunday’s show.
“I am so grateful and so blessed to have 9 #VMAs nominations this year for my album Chromatica, for Rain on Me, and other performances I’ve given,” Gaga said after the nominations announced.
Showing gratitude towards the life she added, “This is such a difficult time for people all over the world, I really honor how lucky I am to have a day like today.”
Meanwhile, Gaga also hit the stage on Sunday night to play a medley of tracks on her new album, including with Grande “Chromatica II,” “911,” “Stupid Love” and “Rain On Me.”