Last night, August 28th, took place the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden in good old New York. From Britney to Ariana, to Beyoncé to Rihanna, the show was tremendously greater than last year’s, to which the headliners weren’t as thrilling. The top 6 contenders lead on a tight altercation, but the results are in.
6. First up at number 6 is Nick Jonas & his cooking show: although he did make cringe-worthy faces while singing, all I could think of at the sight of his tight leathery pants was ‘he can get it’.
This cute teddy bear performed his brand new single Bacon feat. Ty Dolla $ign in the Tick Tock diner, all while giving a shoutout to his brother’s band DNCE who’d rather be eating cake by the ocean. Guess that’s all the exposure Joe could hope for this year!
5. Next is the legendary miss Britney Spears promoting her brand new album Glory with its lead single Make me… feat. G-Eazy (Available on iTunes Today! help a bitch out).
Introduced by Kim Kardashian with the unavoidable ‘it’s Britney bitch’, the pop star lip-synced her way through what ended up being a not so bad performance featuring a random white rapper no one really cares for.
Although she did do a good job with the dancing – especially compared to her performance at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards – her usual cute self cheering in the audience was probably more entertaining than the performance itself.
4. Coming in at number 4 are The Chainsmokers with their #1 song Closer, which is also Halsey’s first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100.
While these semi-sensations gave us a very simple & predictable performance, their stage presence was enough to keep the audience hooked, not to mention the close moment they shared on stage during which I thought for sure they would kiss.
Surprisingly enough, Halsey’s vocals were quite impressive for someone who’s been facing a lot of backlash on social media from all types of fanbases (especially 14-year-old twinks with personal vendettas against pop stars).
3. Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj land at number 3 with their latest collaboration Side to Side, for which they dropped a music video right after the show.
Ariana should stick to singing – the little choreography she had to execute left her catching her breath in a lackluster performance.
What saved it was the aesthetic: bright pink transparent gym attire was all we needed to see. Especially the part where Nicki made her entrance in a cinched leotard, escorted by muscle men flexing their butt cheeks to compliment hers – the sexual tension was tangible.
Funny thing is Nicki stopped rapping right before her line ‘Ariana run pop’ – guess that’s what happens when Beyoncé’s in the building!
2. At number 2 is none other than Rihanna, performing 4 times through the show, & taking home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which was presented by Drake (romantic confessions involved!).
Opening the show in a simplistic white & pink aesthetic only to move to darker themes, the carefree singer performed various medleys of her biggest hits & favorite songs, including Pour It Up, Bitch Better Have My Money & Work to name a few.
She wasn’t afraid to delve deep into her roots & was able to create an authentic act. However, she lacked control in her vocal delivery & had a dreadful time finding the proper keys. Whatever, she knows how to make it work, especially in this closing number.
1. Last but not least, Beyoncé, the star of the night, gracing the lessors with a 15 minute long performance, taking them through the whole Lemonade experience. Twas pretty sour for the other performers indeed.
Every step of the stage was used, outfit changes were made, dancers were popping out of every corner, she had her solo moments, she sang with that angelic but powerful voice we all know & cherish – she made history.
Every artist needs to be reminded of their inferiority to Beyoncé every once in a while, it’s the natural order. Except maybe for Lady Gaga who still holds the record for most nominations in a single night with 13 nods back in 2010. Beyoncé was only nominated for 11 awards this year, but managed to tie her contemporary’s record for most wins in a single night by a female artist by taking home 8 moon men, including Video Of The Year.
Something you might wanna keep in mind: after tonight, Beyoncé became the most awarded artist in VMA history with 24 wins, right in front of Madonna (20) & Lady Gaga (13).