Britney made a triumphant return to the VMA stage for her first performance at the award show in nearly a decade. The singer brought her signature sexiness, slithering around on stage to "Make Me…", before G-Eazy came out for his section. The duo then transitioned into the rapper's breakout hit "Me, Myself & I" for a fun ending to the performance. Was it another snake or "Oops!" moment? No. But still a fun one.
Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj took their gym to the stage by mounting a few stationary bikes and menaging with some buff dudes that look like they'd say "do you even lift, brah?" They let those guys get on their knees at the end, giving the VMAs the does of pink it needed.
Starting the event off with an all-pink spectacle, Rihanna entered the VMA stage FOUR times on Sunday night, amping up the party while also yanking some tears out of us by her gorgeous show-closer of "Stay." Her final set included lots of hand-waving and a full band, while her other turn-ups featured an entire crew onstage. It's exactly the amount of screen time a Video Vanguard winner deserves.
Some might say that there are no words to describe what Beyoncé did at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, but we can try. Bey coursed through Madison Square Garden with a vengeance, performing the first four tracks of Lemonade, plus "Formation," with flumes of fire and furious cursing, leaving us all dead in her tracks. It's true. I'm actually dead while typing this.