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VMAs Winners List: Beyonce takes top prize at this year’s event

While ratings may have been down, the performances during this year’s Video Music Awards were some of the best ever.  Beyonce, Britney Spears and Rihanna set the bar for future generations, offering a night filled with over-the-top productions and wonderful moments. Of course not everyone gets to go home with a Moonman, and Beyoncé’s groundbreaking visual album “Lemonade” won eight in total, including “Video of the Year” for “Formation.” The MTV Video Music Awards were held this weekend at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

Beyonce was a last minute surprise for the audience, she hit the stage with a jaw-dropping “Lemonade” medley that recreated the stunning imagery of the visual album. Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winner Rihanna dazzled with a career-spanning four-act performance – including an electrifying opening dance medley and a trio of stirring ballads to close – before accepting the VMAs highest honor with a heartfelt tribute by Drake.

Kanye West made a special appearance and introduced the new video “Fade,” starring actress and GOOD Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and her fiancée, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert. Future performed his 2015 hit “F**k Up Some Commas,” after being introduced by legendary Olympian Michael Phelps. Britney Spears made a triumphant return to the VMA stage with a soaring performance of her G-Eazy collaboration “Make Me…”

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Director: Melina Matsoukas

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD

  • Rihanna

BEST FEMALE VIDEO

  • Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
  • Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter

BEST MALE VIDEO

  • Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
  • Director: Emil Nava

BEST COLLABORATION

  • Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
  • Director: Director X

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO

  • Drake – “Hotline Bling”
  • Director: Director X

BEST POP VIDEO

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Director: Melina Matsoukas

BEST ROCK VIDEO

  • twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
  • Director: Andrew Donoho

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO

  • Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
  • Director: Emil Nava

BREAKTHROUGH LONG-FORM VIDEO

  • Beyoncé – Lemonade

BEST NEW ARTIST

  • DNCE

SONG OF SUMMER

  • Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap – “All In My Head (Flex)”

 

PROFESSIONAL CATEGORIES

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • David Bowie – “Blackstar”
  • Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia

BEST DIRECTION

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Director: Melina Matsoukas

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed

BEST EDITING

  • Beyoncé – “Formation”
  • Editor: Jeff Selis

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Coldplay – “Up&Up”
  • VFX Editor: Vania Heymann, Gloria FX

 

Jesse Ignjatovic/Den of Thieves is the Executive Producer for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Garrett English, Erik Flannigan, Sandy Alouete, Lee Lodge and Jen Jones are Executive Producers. Garrett English also serves as Executive in Charge of Production for MTV. Hamish Hamilton is Director. Wendy Plaut is Executive in Charge of Celebrity Talent.