Rihanna's first performance of the night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images VIA
Rihanna’s first performance of the night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

This year the MTV Video Music Awards were all about the women. Rihanna was the lady of honor as she was accepting this year’s Video Vanguard award and graced the stage with not one – not two – not even three – but FOUR performances. Each performance included a medley of her many hit songs and of course, a killer outfit.

Another show stopping display of girl power came when Beyoncé performed a compilation of songs from her award winning visual album LemonadeThe album also earned a total of 8 awards for the night making Beyoncé the proud owner of the most VMA moonmen in history.

Thanks for the “Lemonade,” Beyoncé.

Posted by MTV on Sunday, August 28, 2016


Kanye West used his allotted 4 minutes to premiere his new music video for “Fade” starring one of his label’s signees, Teyana Taylor. The video is seemingly an homage to Flashdance in which Taylor shows off her unbelievably impressive dance skills. Also featured is her husband and NBA star, Iman Shumpert and their infant son, Junie. You can watch the video now on Tidal.

Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert, and their son in the final scene of "Fade."
Teyana Taylor, Iman Shumpert, and their son in the final scene of “Fade.”

Perhaps the most anticipated part of the evening was Britney Spears‘ comeback performance. The pop legend put on an amazing show performing her new single “Make Me…” alongside rapper, G-EazyTowards the end of the performance G-Eazy appeared to attempt a kiss with the icon, which ended in the curve heard-round-the-world.


Britney Spears performs alongside G-Eazy at the 2016 MTV VMAs
Britney Spears performs alongside G-Eazy at the 2016 MTV VMAs

Other performances included a duet by Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande performing their song “Side To Side.” The exercise themed live show referenced the song’s music video which debuted after the awards. Future also did a live rendition of his hit single “F*ck Up Some Commas.”

Below is a full list of award winners.

Video of the Year:
Formation – Beyoncé 

Best Female Video:
Hold Up – Beyoncé 

Best Male Video:
This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna) – Calvin Harris 

Best Collaboration:
Work from Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Fifth Harmony 

Best Hip Hop Video:
Hotline Bling – Drake 

Best Pop Video:
Formation – Beyoncé

Best Rock Video:
Heathens – twenty one pilots

Best Electronic Video:
How Deep Is Your Love – Calvin Harris 

Breakthrough Long Form Video:
Lemonade Film – Beyoncé 

Best New Artist:

Song of Summer Presented by Verizon:
All In My Head (Flex) [feat. Fetty Wap] – Fifth Harmony 


Best Art Direction:
Blackstar – David Bowie 

Best Choreography:
Formation – Beyoncé 

Best Direction:
Formation – Beyoncé 

Best Cinematography:
Formation – Beyoncé 

Best Editing:
Formation – Beyoncé 

Best Visual Effects:
Up&Up – Coldplay

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