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2016 VMAs

Every 2016 MTV VMA Performance, Ranked

From Beyoncé to Britney to all the pop, rock, electronic, and hip-hop in between, this is who rocked the VMAs stage hardest

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Future

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Future performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August
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Future brought the turn-up to the VMAs by performing 2015 single "F-ck Up Some Commas." We weren't complaining about the party he brought, but we wondering why didn't he perform it at last year's VMAs?

Watch the turn-up here.

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Britney Spears & G-Eazy

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Britney Spears performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on
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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.

Watch the sultriness here.

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The Chainsmokers & Halsey

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers and Halsey perform onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awar
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The Chainsokers and Halsey came together to perform "Closer"—a.k.a. the No. 1 song in the country right now—for a chemistry-filled performance that saw Halsey and the EDM duo's Andrew Taggart getting nice and close as they harmonized with one another.

Watch the chemistry here.

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Nick Jonas & Ty Dolla $ign

Nick Jonas arrives for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards August 28, 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York. / AFP / Angela W
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Nick Jonas took the title of his new single "Bacon" rather literally as he, Ty Dolla $ign and a couple friends (hey, DNCE) rocked out in a New York City diner before taking the performance outside of Madison Square Garden. Fun and sufficiently satisfying.

Watch the yumminess here.

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Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj perform onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Sq
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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.

Watch the aerobic performance here.

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Rihanna

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Rihanna performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August
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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.

Watch all the beauty in its entirety here.

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Beyoncé

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28:  Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August
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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 Lemonadeplus "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.

Watch that epicness here here.

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