MTV Video Music Awards 2016: highlights

Watch Kanye West's four-minute speech, Rihanna's incredible performance and Beyoncé's recreation of her 'Lemonade' visual documentary

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 29 Aug 2016

2016 MTV VMA moments
Photo: Splashnews

Don't worry about missing out on the 2016 MTV VMAs; here's a recap of what you really needed to see from music's wildest night.

Kanye's speech was about...himself. (Surprise!)
Ye was given four whole minutes to do whatever he wanted and so he went for the good ol' speech about himself. Also, Steve Jobs.

"I am Kanye West, and that feels really great to say, especially this year," he said. "I came here to present my new video, but before I do that, I'mma talk." And talk he did! He even gave his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose a shout out. Watch the full speech below. Before you ask, there was no mention of his 2020 US presidential candidacy.

Rihanna's badass career-spanning medley
Before accepting the well-deserved Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Rihanna performed a medley of her biggest hits like Stay, Don't Stop the Music, Only Girl, We Found Love and B-tch Better Have My Money at separate parts of the show. Brings back memories of the old Rihanna; so good.

TFW you thought Drake was going to propose to Rihanna

After Rihanna's stunning performances, her good pal Drake presented her with the award and, in his introductory speech, told the world just how much she means to him (like that billboard wasn't enough).

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," Drake said, to which an amused Riri rolled her eyes. "She's one of my best friends in the world, all my adult life I've looked up to her even though she's younger than me. She's a living, breathing legend in our industry."

Aww! But just when you thought these two were finally going kiss, Rihanna curved him. Yes we know, we're disappointed too.

Britney Spears' first VMAs performance in nine years
The Princess of Pop made a VMA comeback last night (nine years is a long time, Britney, have mercy) when she took everyone by surprise with a performance of her new single Make Me. Now 2007 doesn't feel like it was that long ago.

And then Beyoncé happened...

The rest of the night was history when Queen Bey appeared on stage and recreated 15 minutes of her Lemonade album. You freaked out, we freaked out, everyone freaked out, because Beyoncé. She also won the most awards last night, naturally.

See the full list of Video Music Award 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 $ign – Work From Home

Best Hip Hop Video
Drake – Hotline Bling

Best Pop Video
Beyoncé – Formation

Song of Summer
Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap – All In My Head

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

Best Art Direction
David Bowie – Blackstar (Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue)

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – Formation (Choreograher: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia)

Best Direction
Beyoncé – Formation (Director: Melina Matsoukas)

Best Cinematography
Beyoncé – Formation (Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed)

Best Editing
Beyoncé – Formation (Editor: Jeff Selis)

Best Visual Effects
Coldplay – Up&Up (VFX Editor: Vania Heymann)

Related: Beyoncé leads the list of MTV VMA nominees
Related: MTV VMAs 2016: red carpet

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