Rihanna, Beyonce, Drake & Britney: MTV VMA 2016 Roundup
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:57:35
Rihanna came away with the Michael Jackson Vanguard award, at last night's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). After performing four times—medleys encompassing her entire discography—Drake presented the singer with her award, "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."
Meanwhile Rihanna's speech focussed on her gratitude to her fans, country, her team, friends, Drake, and the hosts, MTV. "My success, it started as my dream, but now my success is not my own—it's my family's, it's my fans', it's the Caribbean as a whole, it's women, it's black women."
Britney Spears turned heads with a return to form with her first appearance at the VMA's since 2007. The pop star performed her single, "Make Me" with G-Eazy, taken from her new album Glory.
Kanye West took to the stage to address the world in regard to his view on art and merchants. The rapper compared himself to Walt Disney and Steve Jobs. He poked fun at the time he grabbed Taylor Swift's microphone in 2009 and used his stage time to hint that Swift knew about the line "that b*tch" in his song, "Famous." He then premiered his new music video for "Fade."
Arguably it was Beyoncé who stole the show with an unexpected performance of several hits from her album Lemonade. The album scored the singer no less than eight awards, including Video of the Year for "Formation". Earlier in the evening Beyonce walked the red carpet with several women featured in the Lemonade visual album, among those women were mothers of victims of gun violence.
VMA winners roundup
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Rihanna
Video of the Year: Beyoncé - "Formation"
Best Female Video: Beyoncé - "Hold Up"
Best Male Video: Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna - "This Is What You Came For"
Best Collaboration: Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign - "Work From Home"
Best Hip Hop Video: Drake - "Hotline Bling"
Best Pop Video: Beyoncé - "Formation"
Best Rock Video: twenty one pilots - "Heathens"
Best Electronic Video: Calvin Harris & Disciples - "How Deep Is Your Love"
Breakthrough Long-Form Video: Beyoncé- Lemonade
Best New Artist: DNCE
Song of the Summer: Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap - "All In My Head (Flex)"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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