2016 MTV Video Music Awards: complete list of winners

Beyonce steals the show at MTV VMAs

Although Britney Spears‘ return to the MTV VMA stage was one of the most talked about topics leading up to the awards show, it was unquestionably Beyoncé‘s night in the spotlight.

Picking up nearly half of the Moonman trophies handed out, Queen Bey reigned supreme. She performed a dramatic medley of tracks from her video album Lemonade and easily stole the show, slaying left, right and center.

Britney may have been outshone by Beyoncé, but she didn’t disappoint, delivering an entertaining performance of “Make Me.” The track is off her new album Glory, and her performance was her first in nearly a decade at the VMAs.

Other noteworthy moments included Rihanna‘s opening number, Drake‘s declaration of love for RiRi (he said he’s been in love with her since he was 22), a (predictable) rant from Kanye West, Alicia Keys‘ poem to honor Martin Luther King Jr., appearances by star athletes Michael Phelps and Simone Biles, and Jimmy Fallon‘s hilarious impersonation of Ryan Lochte.

New York City’s Madison Square Garden played host to the VMAs this year. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele provided commentary as their alter egos Lizard Sheeple and The Shamester.

Check out the full list of winners below.

What was your favorite moment of the show? Let us know!

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Rihanna
Song of Summer presented by Verizon: Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap, “All in My Head (Flex)”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake, “Hotline Bling”
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 Female Video: Beyoncé, “Hold Up”
Best Pop Video: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Rock Video: Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”
Best Electronic Video: Calvin Harris & Disciples, “How Deep Is Your Love”
Best Art Direction: David Bowie, “Blackstar”
Best Visual Effects: Coldplay, “Up&Up”
Best New Artist presented by Taco Bell: DNCE
Video of the Year: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Breakthrough Long Form Video: Beyoncé, “Lemonade”
Best Choreography: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Direction: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Cinematorgraphy: Beyoncé, “Formation”
Best Editing: Beyoncé, “Formation”

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    It’s actually unhealthy how much people worship Beyonce

  2. CDubya • August 30, 2016 @ 11:25 AM

    Official name change from MTV music awards to Beyonce awards. wow. I think she won them all including new categories for best giant hair and best walk on a football field because Kanye would have murdered everyone if she didn’t.

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