Beyoncé was a last-minute addition to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards tonight, but the star might have just stolen the much-hyped night with a show-stopping performance that celebrated her Lemonade album that utilized an army of backup dancers and what looked like the entire Madison Square Garden arena. Here's the breakdown of what happened.
After being introduced by her friend and fellow Lemonade collaborator Serena Williams, Bey opened her performance with Lemonade's intro track "Pray You Catch Me." The ballad was transformed into what some are calling a political statement as the members of Beyoncé's all-black backup dance crew were "shot" onstage until Bey herself was taken down.
That heaviness transformed pretty quickly as the rest of the performance moved into a fiery, dance-heavy medley that moved into Lemonade cuts "Hold Up" (that included loads of booty shaking), before Bey was handed a bat and smashed the camera filming her as she went into "Sorry." Bey added a huge fur coat to her ensemble to bust out "Don't Hurt Yourself" as the stage was engulfed in flames. She ended with "Formation" that brought together the full army of dancers for some visually, mind-blowing group choreography.
See the best moments from the 2016 VMAs so far below: