The Top Moments From The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards


Every year the MTV Video Music Awards has something that has people talking for the next few days, and some times it’s many different things. Last night’s show was one of those years that brought a lot of such moments. Here are our favourites.

The performances at the 2016 MTV VMAs were simply put, amazing. Rihanna opened the show with a medley of her greatest hits, including Don’t Stop the Music, Only Girl (in the World), We Found Love and Where Have You Been. Not only that, but she was on stage performing four different times during the evening. Of course that might have something to do with her winning the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, but still, we’re not complaining. Britney Spears also made a triumphant return to the VMAs’ stage, her first performance there since 2007. She didn’t disappoint either. And then of course you can’t forget Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande, who reunited to sing their collaboration Side To Side, and gave a whole new level of respect for working out. And then there was Beyoncé, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt why her Lemonade received 11 nominations. A medley of the music from her hit album let the audience know there was no stopping her on this night.

It wouldn’t be the VMAs without Kanye West doing something that has people talking. This year he did two somethings. First up was his speech, where he once against brought up his 2009 interruption of Taylor Swift’s speech. Unlike last year, this time we’re pretty sure he was joking when he said “Later tonight, ‘Famous’ might lose to Beyoncé, but I can’t be mad.” We’re also scratching our head when he named his less then 10 role models “Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.” Did he really have to include himself in his list? And of course the second something would have to be his new music video for Fade, featuring singer Teyana Taylor in various stages of undress.

And of course the VMAs wouldn’t be the same without at least a little comedy. Kanye West’s attempts at humor aside, Jimmy Fallon got the best laughs with his impression of Ryan Lochte. He decided to dress up as the disgraced swimmer when presenting the Video of the Year award, stating that he couldn’t choose the winner, even if there was a gun to his head.

Alicia Keys stunned the crowd with a moving poem she wrote in tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. With all the talk of Black Lives Matter, Keys simply wanted to express her feelings on the matter, stating that  “I hope that one day, men and women truly are equal.”

It was Toronto rapper Drake though who stole the show. After Rihanna’s final performance, Drake took to the stage in a tuxedo to present her with the Video Vanguard Award. He then proceeded to profess his love for the singer. “She succeeds by being something in which no one in this industry does, which is by being herself,” he 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. She’s a living breathing legend in our industry.”

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