Some of the biggest names in music gathered together in New York last night for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs). The award show was held at Madison Square Garden and it was full of fashion, performances, and slayage.
The award show was hosted by Dj Khaled, Jay Pharoah, and new comer comedian, Nicole Byer. The show also had a pair of pseudo commentators, comedians Keegan- Michael Key and Jordan Peele. The two comedians portrayed characters who were supposedly Twitter famous; their handles were @TheShamaster and @Lizardsheeple. Not really sure if their commentary was a hit with the audience; at times their jokes were somewhat corny.
There were a few of what appeared to be “off script” moments during the show. The first of those moments came from R& B singer, Alicia Keys. Alicia Keys presented the award for “Best Male Video”, but before she announced the nominees she reminded the audience that it was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Alicia celebrated the moment with a poem and some impromptu acapella vocals.
The next “off script” moment was presented by the king of rants, Kanye West. Kanye was supposed to introduce the world premiere of his new video “Fade”, but before he did he told the audience that he “was going to talk first.” At this point people expect Kanye to go off on a tangent whenever he gets a hold of a microphone and this time was no different. During Kanye’s rant, he took a jab a Ray J, sent a shout out to his ex Amber Rose, and compared himself to Steve Jobs. Finally, when Kanye was finished he presented his new video to the world. The video starred R&B singer/rapper, Teyana Taylor. I’m not quite sure what the song was about because I was distracted by Teyana dancing in a thong around a gym. Then at the end of the video Teyana has morphed into some kind of Thunder Cat. Let’s just say the video left people speechless and every girl in the world will now have new fitness goals for the rest of the year.
Now let’s talk performances. Rihanna started off the night with a medley of some of her biggest hits. Rihanna performed a total of 4 times throughout the show. Other performances included Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj, Nick Jonas Ft. Ty Dolla Sign, and Britney Spears. Last night was the first time Britney Spears had performed at the VMAs in 9 years. Unfortunately, Britney’s performance was overshadowed because she made the mistake of performing after Beyoncé. Beyoncé’s performance really was the total highlight of the entire show! The Texasbama superstar shut the entire show down with a 15-minute performance of her visual album, “Lemonade”.
Beyoncé and Rihanna were the big winners of the night. Beyonce took home 8 of the 11 moon men she was nominated for including the coveted “Video of the Year” award. Rihanna took home the honorable Michael Jackson Vanguard Award which was presented to her by rapper, Drake.
Drake appeared dapper in a suit and prepared a speech in which it sounded like he professed his love for the Barbados queen. During Drake’s speech, he said that he has loved Rihanna since he was 22 years old. Drake’s speech left everyone wondering if a marriage proposal was next. Overall the 2016 VMAs turned out to be an awesome event.
Check out a complete list of winners below.
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 Sign – “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”
Breakthrough Long Form Video– Beyoncé – “Lemonade”
Best New Artist– DNCE
Song Of The Summer– Fifth Harmony Ft. Fetty Wap- “All In My Head (Flex)”
Best Art Direction– David Bowie- “Blackstar”
Best Choreography– Beyoncé -“Formation”
Best Direction – Beyoncé -”Formation”
Best Visual Effects – Coldplay- “Up & Up”
Best Cinematography – Beyoncé -”Formation”
Best Editing- Beyonce – “Formation”
By Ronda Brooks