MTV hosts its annual Video Music Awards in the Year of Beyonce

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MTV’s Video Music Awards returned to TV on August 28, making the move to Madison Square Garden for it’s 33 show. A star-studded white carpet, outrageous fashion and killer live performances dominated the screen at this celebration of pop culture and music.
VMA vet Beyoncé arrived to the white carpet joined by her daughter Blue Ivy as well as the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant. Also stunning on the red carpet were Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles and Madison Kocian, four of the five of the 2016 Gold Medalists of Team USA Gymnastics. Making jaws drop was plus-sized model Ashley Graham in a glittering sheer floor length gown. Alicia Keys showed up sans makeup, per her no-makeup pledge that she announced last spring, looking happy and fresh-faced. Some of the more questionable looks came from Twitter sensation Grandma “Baddie” Winkle in a nude bedazzled bodysuit. British singer Rita Ora showed up in an interesting mix of sheer lace, leather, fringe and platform boots.
The VMAs are known for big moments: think Britney, Madonna and Christina or the whole Taylor Swift/Kanye West narrative she never asked to be a part of–this year was no different. Among one of the biggest and most shocking moments was the presentation of the Video Vanguard Award to Barbadian beauty and ultra-talented songstress Rihanna. There to present her award was rumored love, Canadian hip-hop artist Drake. People across the country have been speculating about their relationship status since the two have been seen out together quite often recently; in the past, Drake has also professed his love for Rihanna in interviews and in lyrics, but they have never been more than friends. He ended his ode to her success by saying that he’s been in love with her since he was 22-years-old and stealing a quick kiss before presenting the award to her, causing fans to swoon and sending the internet into a frenzy.
Another iconic moment that viewers were able to watch unfold right before their very eyes was the Queen Bey’s 15-minute performance from her visual album Lemonade. Lemonade helped Beyoncé score six personal VMA nominations, and Lemonade and songs off the album were nominated for 11 total. The performance featured a medley of songs and ended with a bang; Beyoncé took a swing at a camera with a baseball bat, just like in her music video for “Hold Up,” an ending to a performance that had fans in a flurry that night and that will have fans talking for years to come.
As for the actual awards given out, as soon as nominations are announced, fans can go on to MTV’s VMA website and vote for their favorite artist, song or album in each category. Beyoncé took home the grand prize of Video of the Year for “Formation” as well as Best Female Video for “Hold Up.” Lemonade and “Formation” both received wins for cinematography and choreography, as well. The Song of the Summer award went to Fifth Harmony for “All in My Head.” Best New Artist was won by Joe Jonas’ new music project DNCE.

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