The 2016 VMAs were all about one lady last night, and one lady alone. Beyoncé came to the VMA stage to slay, and slay she did, taking home seven awards including the prestigious prize for video of the year for track Formation, and leaving audiences stunned with a 16-minute medley performance of Lemonade that'll surely go down in history as one of the greatest VMA moments ever.
Held for the very first time at New York's Madison Square Gardens the 2016 MTV VMAs went off with a (largely uneventful) bang, and featured performances from Rihanna, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and (the legendary) Britney Spears. Kanye West was even allowed a free mic during the ceremony to introduce his new track Fade, and guess what? He was actually quite well behaved. Yes, really.
So, along with Beyoncé winning like, everything, what were the best moments from the 2016 VMAs? See below...
Rihanna and Drake's love in
They've been an 'are they, aren't they' couple for ages, but last night rapper Drake made his feelings for Rihanna very clear. Presenting her with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award — which celebrates an artist's entire body of work — he coyly said:
'She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old. 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.'
Aww, you guys.
He even went the extra mile with this...
The return of Britney
Nine years after the 2007 VMA performance that nearly undid her, Britney Spears returned to the awards in style. In fact, she nailed it. And we're delighted. Faced with the daunting task of following Beyoncé's Lemonade performance, Britney upped her game, taking the stage in a yellow sequinned leotard to belt out single Make Me to the delight of her fans. Sure, it wasn't as electric as Queen Bey's VMA moment, but it was up there. Why? It's Britney bitch...
The US gymnastics team
Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Madison Kocian swapped medals for a Moonman at the 2016 VMAs, when they had the honour of presenting Beyoncé with her award for Best Female Video. It was clear the girls were delighted...
Kanye West is known for VMA upsets, but being given free rein to introduce new video Fade, the king of bonkers one-liners was somewhat contained. He spoke measuredly about gun violence, and even gave a shout out to ex Amber Rose who was sat in the audience. But of course, Kanye is Kanye and he couldn't help taking a sneaky dig at his old VMA sparring partner Taylor Swift:
'Now later tonight Famous' might lose to Beyoncé but I can't be mad. I'm always wishing for Beyoncé to win so…'
All hail Queen Bey
Of course, we couldn't finish our VMA round-up without mentioning once again the lady of the hour, Beyoncé Knowles. Along with being a gracious winner (of seven Moonmen no less), she also gave the world a legendary live performance of Lemonade. And just in case you didn't see it... Well, just take a look below. Fierce.
She makes it look so easy...