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Watch Beyoncé, Rihanna, Drake and Alessia Cara at the 2016 MTV VMAs

Del Cowie

Beyoncé stole the show at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York last night (August 28). The superstar singer performed a 16-minute medley of songs from her hit album Lemonade, released earlier this year, including songs like "Formation," "Sorry" and "Hold Up," among others.


Invariably, Beyoncé was the big winner on the night, taking home six awards including video of the year for "Formation." 

While the show does hand out a number of awards, as usual, in MTV VMA show history, it was the performances that drew the most attention and reaction from the audience and social media.

In addition to Beyoncé, the show also featured performances from Nick Jonas with Ty Dolla Sign, Ariana Grande with Nicki Minaj, Future and the Chainsmokers featuring Halsey. There was also a highly-anticipated return to the VMAs stage for Britney Spears.

Kanye West also appeared to discuss the reasoning behind his controversial "Famous" video and to premiere another provocative clip from his The Life of Pablo album in the form of "Fade."

There were also four performances from Rihanna who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Focusing on her dance hits, Caribbean influences, bad girl persona and balladry, each performance highlighted a different characteristic Rihanna has displayed on record.


After her ballad medley, Toronto hip hop artist and frequent collaborator Drake took to the stage in a tuxedo to present Rihanna with the Video Vanguard award.

The rapper reminisced on the first time he met Rihanna at a Toronto restaurant he was performing at when she was in Toronto to film the video for her very first hit single "'Pon De Replay" with Director X who directed the two artists in the "Work" video, which was also filmed in Toronto earlier this year.

Drake himself also took home a moon man, winning the best hip hop video award for his hit single, "Hotline Bling." Another Canadian, Brampton, Ont. singer Alessia Cara also appeared on the award show with Australian singer Troye Sivan. The two singers introduced the performance by the Chainsmokers and Halsey.

Earlier in the evening, the duo performed on the red carpet pre-show singing Sivan's "Wild," and Cara's "Wild Things" and "Scars to Your Beautiful."

A full list of all the winners at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards can be found here.