What You Missed From Last Night’s MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards has a long history of surprises. There’s been white pythons onstage and announcements to run for president, not to mention wardrobe malfunctions, same gender makeout sessions, and suggestive, albeit comedic, twerking.

This year’s ceremony, however, was less than exciting, and for the most part, pretty normal and run-of-the-mill. Rihanna performed a handful of hits throughout the evening (“Work,” “Bitch Better Have My Money,” “We Found Love,” “Only Girl,” etc.) in a variety of guises that included a champagne ballgown and a doo-rag and purple furry bra combo, along with Beyonce who went full-on Lemonade, smashing a camera with a baseball bat in “Hold Up” and donning a Dalmatian spotted fur coat for “Don’t Hurt Yourself.”

Then there was Britney Spears, who performed her new single “Make Me” with G-Eazy, marking her first appearance at the VMA’s since 2011. Clad in a yellow unitard, the 34-year-old perfectly executed her choreographed dance routine, except for one problem: Her lip syncing was more than little obvious.

Drake confessed his love to Rihanna when he handed her the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, declaring that he’s loved her “since [he] was 22-years-old” before going in for a cheek kiss with the Barbados singer.

Then there was Kanye West’s four-minute prelude to the video for his new single, “Fade,” which included references to Taylor Swift, gun violence in Chicago, and his role models (Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, and West).

Lastly, Calvin Harris snubbed ex, Swift, when he accepted the award for Best Male Video for “This Is What You Came For” and thanked everyone who worked with him on the project except for one notable person, his co-writer, Nils Sjoberg, a.k.a. Swift. Worth noting was the absence of tributes to either David Bowie or Prince. Hmmmmmm.

Awards-wise, nothing shocking happened there, either. Beyonce and her team took home eight awards, including Video of the Year, Best Pop Video, and Best Choreography, while Drake took home the Best Hip-Hop Video award for “Hotline Bling.” Fifth Harmony took home the Best Video Collaboration award for “Work From Home” with Ty Dolla Sign, and David Bowie won Best Art Direction for “Blackstar.”

Check out the full list of winners below, and don’t feel bad if you missed the show. It was interesting, but certainly not as jaw-dropping as other years have been.

Song of the Summer

Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — “All in My Head (Flex)”
The Chainsmokers (featuring Halsey) — “Closer”
Drake (featuring Kyla and Wizkid) — “One Dance”
Selena Gomez — “Kill Em with Kindness”
Calvin Harris (featuring Rihanna) — “This Is What You Came For”
Nick Jonas (featuring Ty Dolla Sign) — “Bacon”
Kent Jones — “Don’t Mind”
Major Lazer (featuring Justin Bieber and MØ) — “Cold Water”
Sia — “Cheap Thrills”
Justin Timberlake — “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake — “Hotline Bling”
2 Chainz — “Watch Out”
Chance the Rapper (featuring Saba) — “Angels”
Desiigner — “Panda”
Bryson Tiller — “Don’t”

Best Pop Video

Beyoncé – “Formation”
Adele – “Hello”
Justin Bieber – “Sorry”
Alessia Cara – “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande – “Into You”

Best Rock Video

twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
All Time Low – “Missing You”
Coldplay – “Adventure of A Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato – “Irresistible”
Panic! At The Disco – “Victorious”

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – “The Girl Is Mine”
Mike Posner – “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Afrojack – “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”

Breakthrough Long Form Video

Beyoncé – Lemonade
Florence + The Machine – The Odyssey
Justin Bieber – PURPOSE: The Movement
Chris Brown – Royalty
Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy

Best Male Video

Calvin Harris (featuring Rihanna) — “This Is What You Came For”
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Bryson Tiller — “Don’t”
The Weeknd — “Can’t Feel My Face”
Kanye West — “Famous”

Best Female Video

Beyoncé — “Hold Up”
Adele — “Hello”
Ariana Grande — “Into You”
Rihanna (featuring Drake) — “Work”
Sia — “Cheap Thrills”

Best Collaboration Video

Fifth Harmony (featuring Ty Dolla Sign) — “Work from Home”
Beyoncé (featuring Kendrick Lamar) — “Freedom”
Ariana Grande (featuring Lil Wayne) — “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris (featuring Rihanna) — “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna (featuring Drake) — “Work”

Best New Artist

Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
Bryson Tiller

Best Art Direction

David Bowie — “Blackstar” (Art Director: Jan Houllevigue)
Adele — “Hello” (Art Director: Colombe Raby)
Beyoncé — “Hold Up” (Art Director: Jason Hougaard)
Drake — “Hotline Bling” (Art Director: Jeremy MacFarlane)
Fergie — “M.I.L.F. $” (Art Director: Alexander Delgado)

Best Direction

Beyoncé — “Formation” (Director: Melina Matsoukas)
Adele — “Hello” (Director: Xavier Dolan)
David Bowie — “Lazarus” (Director: Johan Renck)
Coldplay — “Up&Up” (Directors: Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia)
Tame Impala — “The Less I Know the Better” (Director: Canada)

Best Editing

Beyoncé — “Formation” (Editor: Jeff Selis)
Adele — “Hello” (Editor: Xavier Dolan)
David Bowie — “Lazarus” (Editor: Johan Söderberg)
Fergie — “M.I.L.F. $” (Editor: Vinnie Hobbs)
Ariana Grande — “Into You” (Editor: Hannah Lux Davis)

Best Cinematography

Beyoncé — “Formation” (Director of Photography: Malik Sayeed)
Adele — “Hello” (Director of Photography: André Turpin)
Alesso — “I Wanna Know” (Director of Photography: Corey Jennings)
David Bowie — “Lazarus” (Director of Photography: Crille Forsberg)
Ariana Grande — “Into You” (Director of Photography: Paul Laufer)

Best Choreography

Beyoncé – “Formation”

Missy Elliott ft. Pharrell – “WTF (Where They From)”
Beyoncé – “Sorry”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Florence + The Machine – “Delilah”

Best Visual Effects

Coldplay – “Up&Up”
FKA Twigs – “M3LL155X”
Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
The Weeknd – “Can’t Feel My Face”

Video of the Year

Beyoncé — “Formation”
Adele — “Hello”
Justin Bieber — “Sorry”
Drake — “Hotline Bling”
Kanye West — “Famous”

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Rihanna


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