So you didn't watch the MTV Video Music Awards last night, but I’m sure you at least know that they happened. I mean, you've probably seen enough memes by now to know that Drake hit peak-cuteness when he gushed about RiRi, but you don't know the full story.
So don’t fret if you forgot (or full-on neglected) to DVR the program, because we’re about to give you a quick run down on the big bullet points so that you can YouTube the moments you can't live without seeing. And you can do it without spending hours in front of the TV, waiting for Kanye West to wrap up his long, directionless monologue (yeah, that happened).
So without further ado, here are the big takeaways from the 2016 VMAs:
Beyonce owned the night.
'Beyoncé' is basically synonymous with 'Queen of the World', but last night, Queen Bey brought her signature slayage to new heights. She stole the show with her live recreation of "Lemonade" and took home seven awards, including the prestigious Video of the Year award for "Formation", which she dedicated to the people of New Orleans. Last night also brought Beyoncé's total VMA award count to 21, topping Madonna's previous record of 20, which means that Beyonce is now officially the most decorated VMA winner of all time!
Britney lip-synched but we’re basically okay with it.
The thing is, we're so used to Britney lip-synching, that the only thing that really bothers us about it is the fact that she STILL hasn't quite nailed it yet. I mean, come on Britney, you've been lip-synching for decades now!
But in all seriousness, we were happy to see the queen of pop make a comeback and remind us that she's still got it!
Rihanna won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.
Last night Rihanna deservingly took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, which is the music world's equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. Even though Ri-Ri is only 28, she has explored more artistic terrain and released more #1 hits than most people will in their entire lifetime! She reminded everyone of just how many bangers she's responsible for by creating some dope medleys of her top tunes.
She took an alternative approach to past winners like Justin Timberlake and Beyoncé, swapping the traditional 15 minute-long tribute in exchange for five-minute segments in which she embodied all of the different personas that have defined her chameleon approach to making music.
MTV gave Kanye West a four minute slot to talk about whatever he wanted, and he took full advantage.
Prior to introducing his "Fade" music video, Kanye West gave a monologue that was seemingly endless, but with that, endlessly fascinating. He rambled on in a very Kanye fashion, in which he addressed some important points, including that he still loves T-Swift, and that he thinks his wife “is a G”. He also very briefly mentioned that 22 people were killed in Chicago but neglected to tell us what that meant to him, although his overall tone seemed to suggest that we need to wake up and realize what's important.
Clearly, there was no script or even agenda to his four minute long monologue, but we wouldn't expect anything less from a man confident (disillusioned) enough to compare himself to some of the greatest public figures in history: "Truman. Ford. Hughes. Disney. Jobs. West." You can read the full transcript of Kanye's speech here.
Drake is the softest, most adorable rapper of all time.
Although Drake's 'Hotline Bling' video was awarded as this year's Best Hip Hop Music Video, he was 'caught in traffic' and not present to receive it. Drake's real shining moment last night was when he got to announce Rihanna's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, and the time he took to gush about RiRi.
He also went in for a kiss, but totally got rejected! Drake was obviously just all too proud of Rihanna, he even commissioned a celebratory billboard in her honour, and took to Instagram post-show to continue celebrating his girlfriend. #BoyfriendGoals much. Ladies: forget about your Chris Brown and wait for your Drake!
Alicia Keys showed up makeup-less and gave a powerful speech.
While most of the girl-power props went to Beyoncé and Rihanna last night, Alicia Keys took a massive step for women by refusing to wear makeup to a prestigious, highly photographed Hollywood event. Alicia Keys revealed earlier this summer that she'd made the choice to stop wearing makeup after realizing that she feared leaving the house without it due to the prospect of being photographed. You can (and should) read her full story here. Anyway, she proved her commitment to this new attitude by showing up last night totally bare-faced and we are loooooving it.
As if we weren't already impressed with her enough, Keys took the time to recite a stunning poem about love and equality in honour of the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. She read "If war is holy and sex is obscene, then we got it twisted in this lucid dream," before belting out an a capella only she could pull off: "Maybe we can love somebody. Maybe we can care a little more."
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