One word to sum up the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards—Epic! After a long run on the West Coast, the VMAs returned back home to Madison Square Garden in NYC. The show was full of surprises and hot performances. Let’s just say the city lights weren’t the only things that were lit.
Opening up the show was Rihanna performing her hits “Don’t Stop the Music” and “Only Girl (In the World).” The Bajan beauty was the recipient of the 2016 Michael Jackson’s Vanguard Award and performed four sets throughout the night.
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MTV decided to steer away from the traditional hosting style this year and let comedians Key & Peele give hilarious commentary throughout the night. They also got fans involved by reading tweets and hashtags.
Hip hop artist and “motivational speaker” Kanye West was given four minutes to take the VMA stage with no interruptions. We never know what’s going to come out of Yeezy’s mouth when he’s given these opportunities. During his 10-minute dialogue, he spoke on a variety of topics, including the recent shootings in his hometown of Chicago and his controversial rift with Taylor Swift over his song “Famous.” Ye insisted that he was given permission from the pop singer to use her name on the track
“Bro, I love all y’all. That’s why I called her!,” he said.
He even gave Amber Rose and Ray J a shout out! Talk about extending the olive branch!
But the highlight of his speech was when he premiered the music video to his new single “Fade,” which starred Teyana Taylor. The Flashdance-inspired video showed Ms. Taylor flaunting her chiseled body—leaving us all in complete awe. We also got a glimpse of Teyana’s fiancé, Iman Shumpert, and daughter in the video also.
Another key highlight of the night was when Beyoncé hit and lit up the MSG arena stage. Tennis champion and close friend Serena Williams who made a cameo in her “Sorry” video introduced the Queen. Bey performed a special 15-minute visual set of the first four songs from her visual album, Lemonade. From the detailed and artistic visuals to the high energy choreography, Beyonce definitely slayed the night.
It’s Britney b*tch! It has been almost a decade since Pop princess Britney Spears hit the VMA stage and last night was her epic return, looking and sounding like she never took a break! Spears performed her single “Make me” with hip hop artist G-Eazy from her ninth studio album Glory. Welcome back Britney!
But the biggest key of the night was when Drake presented Rihanna with the 2016 Vanguard Award. Drake swooned over Rih, making us all wonder if they have taken their relationship to the next level.
Drake even confessed his love for the bad gal.
“She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old, a living breathing legend in our industry.”
He tried to seal the deal with a kiss at the end, but Rih turned her head for a kiss on the cheek. Don’t worry; the two were spotted partying together all night.
Many other performers took the stage, including Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Future, Nick Jonas and more.
The winners of the evening included Calvin Harris for Best Male Artist, Drake for Best Hip Hop Artist and Beyoncé for Artist of the Year.
The 2016 VMAs will definitely go down in history! Congratulations to all the winners and performers.
Written By: Tiffany Hercules