August 29, 2016

Beyonce sparkles

Image: Beyonce arrives on the red carpet at Madison Square Garden. — Reuters

Words: Jordan Barnes

Queen Bey stepped off the red carpet at Madison Square Garden and #BeyonceBreaksTheVMAs began trending on social media.

The R&B diva was the talk of MTV’s Video Music Awards, bringing mothers of gun violence victims as her guests, scooping eight Moonmans and blowing audiences away with a show-stopping medley performance.

Beyonce was nominated for a career-best 11 awards at the 33rd annual MTV VMAs held in New York, largely down to the groundbreaking success of her ode to female empowerment album Lemonade.

She marked her territory instantly on the red carpet with a revealing dress designed by Italian couturier Francesco Scognamiglio.

The flamboyant figure-hugging garment left little to the imagination.

Daughter Blue Ivy joined her on the catwalk but no sign of rap mogul and hubby Jay-Z.

Beyonce shared this image on her social media account before making her appearance. Image: Instagram (@Beyonce)

In addition, the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant, whose violent police-related deaths motivated Black Lives Movement protests across the United States, attended alongside the songstress.

Beyonce's entourage for the night included family members of victims of gun violence Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant. Image: Twitter (@THR)


Only three hours before the show was due to commence news broke Beyonce would actually be performing at the VMAs.

Despite being up for six nominations herself and a total of 11 including the creative categories for Lemonade, the night was expected to belong to Rihanna who was to accept the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

Rihanna delved into her discography during her fleeting five-minute segments, showcasing club smashes of yesteryear Don’t Stop the Music and Rude Boy.

The Barbadian singer was eclipsed by Beyonce though, who was handed a lengthy Lemonade medley lasting 16 minutes.

Queen Bey slayed her performance, bringing the visual album to life with a series of hits including Pray You Catch Me and Hold Up, before ending on politically-charged Formation.

The fiesty pop star attacks camera with her "hot sauce" stick. Image: Twitter (@ditzkoff)
Doesn't this booty warrant an award? Booty-licious Bey gets her ladies in 'Formation'. Image: Twitter (@COMICBEY)
She ended 'Formation' with the female gender symbol. Image: Twitter (@RealitySocial)


Beyonce dominated honours, taking eight awards including top prize Video of the Year.

Formation fought off competition from Adele’s Hello for Best Pop Video. She also claimed prize for Best Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Choreography and Best Editing.

She also picked up Best Female Video for Hold Up while Lemonade won Breakthrough Long Form Video.

Did you know?

Beyonce now joins Rihanna and Eminem as the only person to win Video of the Year more than once.

Her 16-minute performance at tonight's VMAs matched the same time she was allotted in 2014 when she took the Vanguard award.

Bey-hive buzzing

Beyonce’s fanclub, the Bey-hive, was understandably abuzz on Twitter.