NEW YORK: Beyonce win the heart of hundreds at MTV Video Music awards Sunday August 28 by her powerful 10-minutes performance on her album “Lemonade” and took multiple awards home including the 1st price of “Video of the year”. Rihanna gets live time achievement award.
On a night when women ruled, Britney Spears returned to the VMA stage for the first time in a decade, and Rihanna performed four times to mark her lifetime achievement award.
Beyonce brought the house down at New York’s Madison Square Garden, stringing together five of her “Lemonade” album tracks about betrayal, revenge and female empowerment in a song and dance routine that brought a long standing ovation.
VMA organizers had announced only three hours before Sunday’s show began that Beyonce would perform. The singer arrived on the red carpet accompanied by the mothers of three African-American men who have died at the hands of U.S. police in the past two years.
Her politically charged “Formation” beat Adele’s 2015 comeback single “Hello,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry
She also won best female video and prizes for choreography, editing, and long form video in the awards that are voted on by fans.
Where Beyonce was angry and bold, Spears, 34, dressed in a sparkly gold leotard and matching over the knee boots was slinky retro pop. It was the “Toxic” singer’s first time on the VMA stage since her humiliating 2007 performance when her personal and professional life was falling apart, and follows the release of a new album last week.
Rihanna, 28, sang 13 of the biggest hits in her 13-year career, including “Rude Girl,” “Diamonds” and “Only Girl in the World.” She was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award by Canadian rapper Drake.
“She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old. She’s one of my best friends in the world. All my life, I’ve looked up to her even though she’s younger than me,” said Drake.
Many of pop music’s biggest names, including Justin Bieber, Britain’s Adele and Taylor Swift were absent on Sunday.
By: Reuters (Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Alan Crosby and Bill Trott)