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VMAs 2016 Rocks the Crowd

Katelin Tyler, Editor

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The VMAs stepped onto the stage for the 32nd time on August 28. Viewers tuned in to see the drama, the outstanding music and of course the hottest celebrities around. With only two hours to soak in all the hottest moments, it can be hard to see it all, so here are the top highlights you don’t want to miss out on.


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Beyonce performs her hit songs. Photo screenshot from @MTV

 Beyonce’s slaying performance:

Fans expected nothing less from the almighty Queen Bey. Beyonce’s 15 minute medley of “Lemonade,” left a mark on the viewers that night. Beyonce’s performance gave a sense of power and strength for her listeners. Beyonce started the show off by singing “Pray You Catch Me.” Beyonce had her performance visualize the shooting of Trayvon Martin and her stance on equality to emphasize the Black Lives Matter movement. She continued her killer performance by singing “Hold Up” and “Sorry.” Beyonce gave a brutally honest performance about the alleged affair of her husband. To wrap up the show, she sang her hit song “Formation” to support women strength. As the lights went off, Beyonce received what she deserved, a standing ovation for her powerful and artistically chilling performance.


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G-eazy and Britney Spears Photo screenshot from @MTVMusicUK

Pop Princess Britney Spears Makes Her Debut:

After nine long years, Britney Spears finally made her way back onto the stage. Brittany sang her current song, “Make Me” featuring G-Eazy along with some of her classic songs. Fans were stunned by her performance, but although, she may have killed it this time,  the show could not go on without Britney Spears famous drama. Later that night, Spears accused the VMAs of humiliating her after they scheduled Beyonce to perform after her, which directed the viewer’s minds off of Britney Spears return and only to Beyonce.


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Rhianna accepts her award. Photo screenshot from @MTV

Drake Honors Rihanna With a Touching Speech:

Rihanna definitely earned her spot as one of the top performing stars that night, and  as proof, she was even awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. But what the crowd was really waiting for was the truth behind the speculations about Drake and Rihanna’s rekindling romance. The answer came out when Drake presented her award and announced that he had been in love with her since he was 22 years old. After 7 years, fans can finally have closure after realizing how much they are meant for each other. The new lovers aside, Rihanna killed her opening performance to set the mood for the rest of the show.


The best way to keep up with who’s on top in the music world is to see who left with the most awards. This year’s 2016 award winners are:


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”

Best New Artist: DNCE

Song of Summer Presented by Verizon: Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap – “All In My Head (Flex)”

Best Art Direction: David Bowie – “Blackstar”

Best Choreography: Beyoncé – “Formation”

Best Direction: Beyoncé – “Formation”

And the winner is….Beyonce. Beyonce walked away with eight moon men and the viewers love for her.

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