On the night of August 29, New York hosted the annual MTV Video Music Awards, presented for achievements in the field of music videos. Beyoncé became a triumphant: the singer received 8 awards, her video “Formation from the latest album, Lemonade, was named Best Video of the Year, Hold Up won the Best Female Video Award, and the entire Lemonade audiovisual album won Best Video in Long Form. So Beyoncé became the most awarded singer in the history of the award - now she has 24 statuettes in her collection, four more than Madonna, who previously topped the list.
Beyoncé attended the ceremony with her daughter Blue Ivy and mothers whose children were killed by firearms. Here you can watch the singer's 15-minute performance:
Other MTV VMA news items include the premiere of Kanye West's "Fade" video starring Teyana Taylor as Catwoman and his "I'm Kanye West" speech, in which he mentioned the recent Taylor Swift scandal and the controversial "Famous" music video, as well as number Britney Spears, who hasn't performed at the VMA since 2007.
The most touching (and embarrassing) moment of the ceremony was Drake, who won the Best Hip-Hop Video nomination, and Rihanna: presenting the singer with the special The Video Vanguard Award for Excellence, the rapper gave a heartfelt speech in which he said that Rihanna is his best friend, inspiration and most talented woman in the world. According to Drake, he fell in love with Rihanna as soon as he saw her back in 2005, and now he respects his friend even more for staying true to herself. As Jezebel notes, no one would be surprised if, after such a touching confession, Drake offered Rihanna his hand and heart.
Calvin Harris won Best Male Video for the music video "This Is What You Came For," which stars Rihanna. Best Visual Effects went to Coldplay for the surreal video "Up & Up". A complete list of winners can be viewed here.