Starting off with a Bang Bang, the biggest night in music didn’t disappoint! This year’s edition of MTV’s Video Music Awards was kicked off by Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, with a medley of their hits: “Break Free”; “Anaconda” & “Bang Bang”. But, Beyoncé was the star of the night.
The night, however, clearly belonged to Mrs Carter, who performed a medley of her songs from her latest surprise release – Beyoncé – before accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award from her husband and daughter, Blue Ivy.
Beyoncé closed out the show with a stellar 20 minute performance. Wearing a jewel-encrusted leotard, Beyoncé’s performance was true artistry! Minimal on costume changes and intricate stage lighting, Beyoncé’s performance was unflashy, but was all about simple showmanship and solid choreography. Ending her performance with a little family moment, Beyoncé and Jay-Z put to rest all the rumours around their impeding separation. Jay, upon presenting his wife with the award, planted a kiss, and called her “the greatest living entertainer,” all the while beaming with pride.
If you have ever wondered why her legions of fans idolize the songstress with nicknames like Queen Bey and Beysus, this performance makes it clear. And if you wanted to know anything about the state of Beyoncé’s marriage; watch the clip
See the full list of winners below:
Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus “Wrecking Ball”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake feat. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran feat. Rihanna, “The Monster”
Best Female Video: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Best Rock Video: Lorde, “Royals”
Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”
Best Collaboration: Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
Best Video with a Social Message: Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
MTV Clubland Award: Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”
Best Choreography: Sia, “Chandelier”
Artist to Watch Presented by Taco Bell®: Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
Best Cinematography: Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Queen B*, joins the likes of Madonna, U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Michael Jackson and others as a recipient of the Video Vanguard award.
Other notable moments at the awards’ show include Nicki Minaj’s glorious wardrobe malfunction, which saw her complete her rap in “Bang Bang” clutching at her dress. Well done to her for managing an apparent costume failure with such grace.