Over the past few years the MTV Video Music Awards have continued to drop in ratings, and just this year dropped 34%. It’s not difficult to understand why after this past Sunday’s show. For the most part, the 2016 VMAs seemed unplanned, lack-luster -- and left much to be desired. But, there were some high-points; and in case you're still interested, here's a recap:
1) Beyoncé stole the show.
Not only did she win eight awards in one night, but her performance was all you would expect from the queen, and more. At this point, are we really surprised? Her latest album, Lemonade, sold over 485,000 copies the first week it was released.
2) VMAs or Rihanna Concert?
Rihanna performed four different times throughout the night; and was the recipient of The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Rihanna is amazing, yes. And, she definitely deserved to take home the Vanguard. Unfortunately, her first three acts were just alright and had us wondering where the real Rihanna was. Her final performance, on the other hand, reminded us why she is who she is. Throwing it back to her 2012 album, Unapologetic, Rihanna masterfully performed "Stay," and "Diamonds." She also mixed in her new single, "Love on the Brain," and beautifully transitioned between the three hits. At the end of the night, Drake finally confessed his love for the Barbadian beauty. (Surprise, surprise!)
3) Britney Spears rose from the ashes.
Sparkles and all, Britney's back. At this point we’ve all come to accept the fact that lip-syncing is her thing, and if you can overlook that part of her performance, it was good. She looks incredible and if you compare Sunday’s performance to her blunder at the 2007 VMAs, then it was top-notch. MTV did make a mistake by having her perform directly after Beyoncé; this would immediately set anyone up for failure. And, although she didn't really compare to Bey, she did hold her own.
4) Arianna Grande led a workout class on stage.
The pop-princess is usually on-point with her vocals as one of the leading ladies of the music industry today. Nevertheless, her VMA performance was ever-so-slightly vocally challenged and was definitely not the best she’s done. However, the overall performance in general was lively and aesthetically pleasing. We can’t really judge her for the vocals, because seriously… who could do a soul-cycle workout while singing and still sonically deliver?
5) Kanye West's new "Fade" video is everything.
If you haven't already seen the newly released "Fade" video featuring Teyana Taylor (which was premiered during Sunday night's VMAs) go watch it right now. Taylor brings the fire to one of the hottest songs this year, and with one of the best routines we’ve seen. But, that shouldn’t surprise you. The singer, actress and new mom has done it all, from songwriting for Usher to walking the runway during fashion week. We can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us in the future.
Here's a complete list of all of the 2016 Moonman recipients:
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award – Rihanna
Video of the Year – Beyonce “Formation”
Best Male Video – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna “This is What You Came For”
Best Female Video – Beyonce “Hold Up”
Best Pop Video – Beyonce “Formation”
Best Hip-Hop Video – Drake “Hotline Bling”
Best Rock Video – Twenty One Pilots “Heathens”
Best Electronic Video – Calvin Harris and Disciples “How Deep is Your Love”
Best New Artist – DNCE
Best Collaboration Video – Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla Sign “Work From Home”
Breakthrough Long Form Video – Beyonce Lemonade
Best Direction – Beyonce “Formation”
Best Choreography – Beyonce “Formation”
Best Art Direction – David Bowie “Blackstar”
Best Visual Effects – Coldplay “Up&Up”
Best Editing – Beyonce “Formation”
Best Cinematography – Beyonce “Formation”
Song of the Summer – Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap “All in my Head (Flex)”