Recording artist, Beyonce.

Beyoncé’s groundbreaking visual album Lemonade won eight Moonmen trophies, including Video of the Year for Formation at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Last night (Sunday 28 August), Beyoncé’s groundbreaking visual album Lemonade won eight Moonmen trophies, including Video of the Year for Formation at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, which took place at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. The global megastar surprised the audience with a jaw-dropping Lemonade medley that recreated the stunning imagery of the visual album. Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winner Rihanna dazzled with a career-spanning four-act performance – including an electrifying opening dance medley and a trio of stirring ballads to close – before accepting the VMAs’ highest honour with a heartfelt tribute by Drake.

Tune in to the African TV premiere of The MTV Video Music Awards on MTV (DStv Channel 130) on Monday 29 August at 21:00 CAT.  Build up to the big night begins with the official Pre-Show including red carpet action on MTV from 20:00 CAT

Britney Spears made a triumphant return to the VMA stage with a soaring performance of her G-Eazy collaboration Make Me…. Kanye West made a special appearance to deliver a meditation on fame before introducing the steamy and surreal video for Fade, starring actress and GOOD Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and her fiancée, the Cleveland CavaliersIman Shumpert. Future tore through a blistering performance of his 2015 hit “F**k Up Some Commas, after being introduced by legendary Olympian Michael Phelps, who revealed he’d been listening to Future in the meme-launching photo of him in Rio. 

The following is a complete list of winners and performances:


Video of The Year

Beyoncé – Formation

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award


Best Female Video

Beyoncé – Hold Up

Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter

Best Male Video

Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For

Director: Emil Nava

Best Collaboration

Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home

Director: Director X

Best Hip Hop Video

Drake – Hotline Bling

Director: Director X

Best Pop Video

Beyoncé – Formation

Director: Melina Matsoukas

Best Rock Video

twenty one pilots – Heathens

Director: Andrew Donoho

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love

Director: Emil Nava

Breakthrough Long-Form Video

Beyoncé – Lemonade

Best New Artist

Presented by Taco Bell®


Song of Summer

Presented by Verizon

Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap – All In My Head (Flex)

Professional Categories

Presented by Orbit® Gum

Best Art Direction

David Bowie – Blackstar

Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue

Best Choreography

Beyoncé – Formation

Choreographer: 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




Don’t Stop the Music

Only Girl in the World

We Found Love

Where Have You Been


Rude Boy

What’s My Name



Needed Me

Pour It Up

Bitch Better Have My Money




Love on the Brain

Ariana Grande & Nicki MinajSide to Side

Britney Spears Ft. G-EazyMake Me

Nick Jonas Ft. Ty Dolla $Ign Bacon

FutureF*ck Up Some Commas


Pray You Catch Me

Hold Up


Don’t Hurt Yourself


Kanye West – Special presentation including world premiere video for Fade

Dawn and Smirnoff are the official South African sponsors of the 2016 MTV VMAs.

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