Watch Beyoncé, Rihanna, Future Perform – And Kanye Rant – At The VMAs

William Ketchum III is a journalist who covers music, pop culture, film/TV, race,…

2016 MTV Video Music Awards, Arrivals, Madison Square Garden, New York, USA - 28 Aug 2016
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The MTV Video Music Awards – VMAs for short – is one of the biggest award shows every year, and it continued this year with standout performances, and a speech, by some of the brightest stars in music.

Rihanna, who received the MTV Video Vanguard Award on Sunday, had four sets throughout the course of the night, including the introductory and concluding performances. The show concluded with Drake presenting her with the award.

Beyoncé continued her incredible year with a set that was a medley of several highlights from her immensely successful visual album Lemonade. She also took home hardware, per usual: Best Female Video for “Hold Up,” Best Long Form Video with “Lemonade,” and the prestigious Video of the Year for “Formation.”

Kanye West was given four minutes of carte blanche time, and gave a speech before premiering the music video for “Fade.” It’s tamer than his usual stream-of-consciousness performances, but still must-see viewing as usual.

Future performed his hit song “Fuck Up Some Commas.”

What was your favorite performance at the Video Music Awards?

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