After last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, one thing is for sure: Beyoncé is still the queen.
New York City’s Madison Square Garden was the home of the 2016 MTV VMAs. This year, Beyoncé was up for a massive 11 nominations for several videos from her Lemonade visual album. She ended up taking home eight Moon Man trophies, including Video of the Year for Formation.
Earlier in the night, Queen Bey took the stage to perform a medley of Lemonade. The incredible performance even featured Beyoncé knocking out a camera in a fit of rage!
In one of the most anticipated events of the night, Britney Spears returned to the VMAs stage. This was her first time taking the stage at the ceremony since her highly criticized performance of Gimme More back in 2007.
Unfortunately, Spears performed shortly after Beyoncé, so she had a lot to live up to. She performed Make Me… with rapper G-Eazy, which is the first single from her new album, Glory. She also sang her own rendition of G-Eazy’s track Me, Myself & I. Like she usually does, Spears lip-synced the entire performance, which annoyed many fans and viewers. Luckily, her dance moves were on point. There even seemed to be some steamy moments between both Spears and G-Eazy during their time on stage together.
Kanye West also returned to the stage. In his four-minute long speech, West compared himself to Steve Jobs and called out nemesis Taylor Swift for their Famous music video feud.
West also premiered the bizarre video for Fade. The video, which can be streamed on Tidal, featured singer Teyana Taylor and her husband, Iman Shumpert. In the video, Taylor performs dance moves from the film Flashdance, has sex with Shumpert in a shower and later has her face transformed into a cat’s.
However, the moment everyone is still talking about is Drake’s speech for Rihanna. After performing several of her songs throughout the night, including We Found Love, Work and Love On the Brain, Drake presented Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, celebrating her iconic 11-year career. Drake, who has been rumored to be dating her again, took this moment to profess his love for the Kiss It Better singer.
“She’s someone I’ve been in love with her since I was 22 years old,” he said. “She’s one of my best friends in the world. All of my adult life I’ve looked up to her even though she’s younger than me.”
During her acceptance speech, Rihanna said that this award and all of her successes were not just for her.
“My success started as my dream, but now my success is not my own. It’s my family, my fans, my country …it’s women, it’s black women,” she said.