Highs and lows from the 2016 MTV VMAs

The MTV Video Music Awards happened last week and the entire night can be summed up in one word. Beyoncé.

This goddess, high priestess, queen, angel from above, snatcher-of-all-the-edges was a last minute addition to the lineup ad somehow turned the VMAs into the Beyoncé Show. Her performance at this year’s VMAs will go on in history as one of the greatest shows that MTV has ever had the honour of hosting. Queen Bee blessed the audience with ‘Pray You Catch Me’, ‘Hold Up’, ‘Sorry’, ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ and of course ‘Formation,’ she even cracked an MTV camera with a bat and didn’t seem sorry about it. The entire set was so clinically choreographed, so powerful, so poignant and so feverish that as she laughed manically in a circle of fire poor Britney Spears was left to mop up the remains off Beyoncé’s ode to Lemonade.

Speaking on Britney this was her first VMA show since 2007. Although this was supposed to mark her revolution at the VMAs following a disastrous show almost 10 years ago, her performance was dwarfed by Beyoncé’s set. Britney lip-synched and flipped her hair accompanied by rapper G-Eazy and although it wasn’t necessarily bad, she just didn’t stand a chance.

Rihanna opened and closed the show. She also happened to win the Video Vanguard award at the very young age of 28 which is a great achievement for any artiste to aspire to. Her acceptance though had other highlights to watch out for. Rapper Drake seemed to be overcome with emotion, as has become a running internet joke, while handing over the award and may or may not have gotten swerved by Rihanna when going in for a kiss.

Kanye West did not disappoint in delivering the weirdness. The rapper/artist/visionary/fashion designer etcetera debuted the visuals for his ‘Fade’ track (there was a winded speech), that featured GOOD Music signee Teyana Taylor and boyfriend Iman Shumpert and it started out standard  for Kanye but ended up with the singer morphing into some human-cat greased up mutant.

Nick Jonas’ performance of hit single ‘Bacon’ was a star-studded affair with brother Joe, model Ashley Graham, American football player Odell Beckham Jr. and rapper Fabulous all making cameos.

It wasn’t all glitz and glam though. Drake who had time to deliver a 4-minute speech about his love for Rihanna was ‘stuck in traffic’ and could not accept his own for ‘Hotline Bling’. Another notably absent aspect was a tribute to artiste Prince who passed away in April of this year.

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