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Aug 28, 2016

BEYONCE WINS BIG AT THE MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

The MTV Video Music Awards aired live tonight from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden where Beyonce’s groundbreaking album “Lemonade” won eight Moonmen, including “Video of the Year” for “Formation.” Not to mention her ridiculously steamy performance!

The global megastar surprised the audience with a jaw-dropping “Lemonade” medley that recreated the stunning imagery of the visual album.

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Rihanna, the evening’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winner, opened the show with an electrifying dance medley of some of her biggest hits and then went on to perform three more acts including a trio of ballads to close the show before accepting the VMAs highest honor with a heartfelt tribute by Drake. A heartfelt tribute that included a moment where the audience thought he might just get down on one knee and propose! “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old.” He’s 29, that’s 7 years (for those of us still in shock!) Queue the internet meltdown..

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Kanye West made a special appearance to deliver an ‘expression of our now’ (don’t worry he made little to no sense to us too!) regarding his views on the current state of fame before introducing his new video for “Fade” starring actress and GOOD Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and her fiancée, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert. Let’s just say women everywhere were in awe of Taylor’s impeccable body and couldn’t help but love the ‘Footloose’ homage!

Future delivered a performance of his 2015 hit “F**k Up Some Commas,” after being introduced by legendary Olympian Michael Phelps, who revealed he’d been listening to Future in the meme-launching photo of him in Rio. Listen to Future = win your 28th Olympic medal!

BritneySpears_VMAsBritney Spears made a triumphant return to the VMA stage with a flawless performance of her G-Eazy collaboration “Make Me.” We were kind of sad to see her snake circa 2001 didn’t make the cut but Spears certainly delivered.

Other favorite moments of the night included a killer performance by Halsey and The Chainsmokers, a duet by Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas’ making us all hungry with his new hit “Bacon,” a bare-faced (and STUNNING) Alicia Keys delivering a poem in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and an appearance by the USA Gymnastic team who presented an award to Beyonce (and snagged a hug!)

Not to mention the entire show was hosted by the hilarious Key & Peele who strove for Tweet-perfection at every turn.

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Check out the full list of winners below and watch all the performances at MTV.

Photos by Wire Image, courtesy of MTV

WINNERS

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
Rihanna

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
BEYONCÉ – “Hold Up”
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter

BEST MALE VIDEO
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Director: Emil Nava

BEST COLLABORATION
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Director: Director X

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X

BEST POP VIDEO
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas

BEST ROCK VIDEO
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Director: Andrew Donoho

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
Director: Emil Nava

BREAKTHROUGH LONG-FORM VIDEO
BEYONCÉ – Lemonade

BEST NEW ARTIST
Presented by Taco Bell®
DNCE

SONG OF SUMMER
Presented by Verizon
Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap – “All In My Head (Flex)”

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES
Presented by Orbit® Gum

BEST ART DIRECTION
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia

BEST DIRECTION
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed

BEST EDITING
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
Editor: Jeff Selis

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
VFX Editor: Vania Heymann

PERFORMANCES

RIHANNA
Performance 1- Dance
“Don’t Stop the Music”
“Only Girl in the World”
“We Found Love”
“Where Have You Been”

Performance 2- Reggae
“Rude Boy”
“What’s My Name”
“Work”

Performance 3- Trap
“Needed Me”
“Pour It Up”
“Bitch Better Have My Money”

Performance 4- Ballad
“Stay”
“Diamonds”
“Love on the Brain”

ARIANA GRANDE & NICKI MINAJ – “Side to Side”

BRITNEY SPEARS FT. G-EAZY – “Make Me”

NICK JONAS FT. TY DOLLA $IGN – “Bacon”

FUTURE – “F*ck Up Some Commas”

BEYONCÉ
“Pray You Catch Me”
“Hold Up”
“Sorry”
“Don’t Hurt Yourself”
“Formation”

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