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Right from the start, the MTV Video Music Awards have been turning up. Starting with red carpet killers KimYe, Queen Bey, and Chance the Rapper, and show-starters Troye Sivan and Alessia Cara at the pre-show, Rihanna kicked it off at the main stage–the first of four performances coming from the original bad gal. With Key and Peele slaying on the sidelines, see the many highlights, shady shoutouts, and performances that came our way.
The girl group wins Song of the Summer for “All In My Head (Flex)” and Best Collaboration for “Work From Home.”
He was clearly feeling himself. Although he was put on stage to present his new MV for “Fade”, Kanye West would never give up the chance to talk about his muse: himself. But with his “Famous” speeches always comes a deep burn, this time coming in the form of: “I love all y’all. That’s why I called her.” Throw that shade swiftly, Ye.
Not that we needed any reminding. But even Bey can sometimes outdo herself, as she clearly did tonight. With eerie visuals for her “Pray You Catch Me” opener, she literally lit up the stage with “Hold Up” and “Sorry,” and killed us all with “Formation” in which she blest us with the woman symbol ♀ as the last haunting image burned on our lids.
If that’s not enough, she also won Breakthrough Long Form Video for “Lemonade,” Best Female Videofor “Hold Up,” as well as four professional awards, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year for “Formation.”
When the praises go up, the blessings come down. Four times, actually. Accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for 2016, Rihanna treats herself and the rest of the world to a total of four perfect performances. Upon actually receiving the Moon Man, she dropped a heart-warming speech about her country, her career, her friends, and everyone “who’s taken a chance” on her.