Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ Wins Video Of The Year At The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

  • Lemonade” Takes Home Eight Moonmen Trophies In Total

  • Beyoncé Recreates Groundbreaking Visual Album With Surprise Performance 

  • Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award Winner Rihanna Electrifies Madison Square Garden With Career-Spanning Four-Act Performance


Last night, Beyoncé’s ground-breaking 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.


You can watch 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 Cavaliers’ Iman 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 Minaj – “Side To Side”


Britney Spears Ft. G-Eazy – “Make Me”


Nick Jonas Ft. Ty Dolla $Ign – “Bacon”


Future – “F*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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