The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards took place last two night and featured a night of Rihanna (literally), Britney returning to her rightful stage and Beyoncé just defining her existence on humanity!

Jokes aside in one of the better VMAs in recent years, the night saw Beyoncé take home eight moonmen to become the most decorated artist in VMA history. For the second time in her career she took home the award for Best Video of the Year for ‘Formation‘. The video also received awards for Best Pop Video, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Editing and Best Cinematography. ‘Hold Up‘ was crowned this years Best Female Video and just to top it of the whole ‘Lemonade‘ visual was award the Breakthrough Long Form Video! All of which is rightfully deserved!

Later in the evening Beyoncé took to the stage to perform another medley of tracks from her latest album which stole the show and and simply proved why she is the best performer of our generation.

Rihanna performed a medley of her hits to celebration being the recipient of this years Michael Jackson’s Video Vanguard Award. Her performances were scattered throughout the evening and helped sum up how dominant the Barbadian beauty has been in the industry for the last ten years. Later on her ”good friend” Drake presented her with the special golden moonman.

As mentioned Britney Spears returned to the VMA stage to perform her new single ‘Make ME‘… with G-Easy. The VMAs and Britney go habd in hand and its just nice to see her getting back to her confindent best.

The evening was a good one for Fifth Harmony as they won two awards including Best Collaboration for ‘Work from Home‘ and Song of the Summer for ‘Flex‘. Only a handful of girl groups can claim to have won a VMA so the fact that these girls now already have three, only helps validate their current popularity.

Calvin Harris showed up for Brits as he won the Best Male Video award for ‘This is What You Came For‘ and Best Electronic Video for ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling‘ was rightfully awarded the Best Hip-Hop Video prize and DNCE surprisingly won Best New Artist!

Alicia Keys made a powerful speech by reading and later singing a poem to honour Martin Luther King Jr., who gave his ”I Have a Dream” speech 53 years ago today. The moment led to a further standing ovation for Alicia, who also continues to make bold statement with her stripped back/make-up less image (she still looks amazing either way!).
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Overall I think its safe to the say that the VMAs are at their best when they are in New York City, I don’t know what it is but I just think that location brings out the best in everyone for some reason? So here’s hoping the VMAs return there even more in the future.

Check out the full list of winners below.

Video of the Year: Beyoncé – ‘Formation‘

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

Best Female Video: Beyoncé – ‘Hold Up

Best Pop Video: Beyoncé – ‘Formation

Best New Artist: DNCE

Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake – ‘Hotline Bling

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 Collaboration: Fifth Harmony (ft. Ty Dolla Sign) – ‘Work from Home

Song of the Summer: Fifth Harmony (ft. Fetty Wap) – ‘Flex

Best Choreography: Beyoncé – ‘Formation

Best Direction: Beyoncé – ‘Formation

Best Editing: Beyoncé – ‘Formation

Best Cinematography: Beyoncé – ‘Formation

Best Visual Effects: Coldplay – ‘Up&Up

Best Art Direction: David Bowie – ‘Blackstar

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Rihanna

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