Beyonce Dominates MTV Video Music Awards
Music| | By Sara Wilkins
Beyonce turned the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday into ladies’ night as she scored a string of top honors, including Video of the Year.
The superstar led all nominees heading into the show with 11 nods for her groundbreaking Lemonade album and short film, and she quickly racked up the prizes, earning Best Choreography, Best Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing for “Formation,” which she performed as part of a show-stopping Lemonade medley.
“Formation” also earned Beyonce the coveted Video of the Year title, which she dedicated to the residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, who have been struggling with severe flooding in recent weeks, as well as the Best Pop Video gong.
With her multiple victories, she broke the record for most VMAs with 24 wins, surpassing the previous title holder Madonna, who has a total of 20 Moonman trophies.
Rihanna was another big winner at the VMAs, which she opened with the first of four performances during the New York show, singing hits “Only Girl (In The World),” “We Found Love,” and “Where Have You Been.”
She later returned to the Madison Square Garden stage to belt out tracks like “Work,” “Needed Me,” “Stay,” and “Diamonds” before she was presented with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by her frequent collaborator and rumored boyfriend Drake.
He delivered a heart-warming speech hailing the R&B singer’s achievements, declaring he had been “in love” with her since he was 22, and honoring Rihanna as a “living, breathing legend in our industry.”
They then shared a kiss on the cheek as Rihanna stepped up to accept the special Moonman award, which she celebrated as “such an amazing moment” in her career.
The Bajan star then went on to thank her longtime fans, saying: “My success, it started as my dream, but now my success is not my own; it’s my family’s, it’s my fans, it’s my country’s, it’s the Caribbean as a whole, it’s women, it’s black women… So many people feel like their little piece is such a major part of this puzzle and I have to thank you guys for supporting me, over and over…”
The Video Vanguard Award wasn’t her only win of the night – she also helped Calvin Harris claim the Best Male Video title for their latest collaboration, “This Is What You Came For.”
Other performance highlights came from Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and rapper G-Eazy, and Nick Jonas, who took over Manhattan’s Tick Tock Diner for a rendition of “Bacon” with Ty Dolla $ign.
The main winners from the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are:
Video of the Year: Beyonce – “Formation”
Best Male Video: Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Best Female Video: Beyonce – “Hold Up”
Best Pop Video: Beyonce – “Formation”
Best Collaboration: Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Breakthrough Long Form Video: Beyonce – “Lemonade”
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: Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap – “All In My Head (Flex)”
Best Art Direction: David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Best Choreography: Beyonce – “Formation”
Best Direction: Beyonce – “Formation”
Best Cinematography: Beyonce – “Formation”
Best Editing: Beyonce – “Formation”
Best Visual Effects: Coldplay – “Up&Up”