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Beyonce outshines them all at MTV Video Music awards

Stacy Diaz | 30 August, 2016, 18:07

The MTV Video Music Awards ceremony is always an exciting affair. "First of all I'd like to thank my lovely daughter and my incredible husband for all of their support", said Beyonce, who walked the carpet with Blue Ivy by her side. When I think about receiving this tonight, all I could think of was my country.

Drake for his part insisted that what's most impressive about Rihanna isn't the endlessness of stats, awards and accomplishments but because "she succeeds by being something in which no one in this industry does which is by being herself - the same girl from Barbados surrounded by the same friends".

- Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Rihanna. "My success started as my dream, but now my success is not my own. It's my family's, it's my fan's, it's my country's, it's women, it's black women".

The 2016 VMAs, featuring performances by Beyoncé, Rihanna and Britney Spears, among others, drew 6.5 million total viewers across MTV and 10 Viacom-owned sister networks, according to Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. The four-year-old seemingly stopped on the red carpet to ask her mom a question and with the quick snap of a photo, Blue Ivy went viral too.

Rihanna also thanked friends and family for helping her get to where she is today.

Instead she mechanically went through the rhythms in a low-key duet with rapper G-Eazy, in which they tried to force some chemistry that just wasn't there.

In typical and true Kanye West fashion, the rapper ranted onstage, touching on subjects from music to his beef with Taylor Swift to violence in his hometown Chicago before he debuted his music video for "Fade".

Hip hop video: Drake, "Hotline Bling".

Presenters include Jimmy Fallon, Alicia Keys, Puff Daddy and the recent Olympian gold medalists Michael Phelps and the Final Five gymnasts - Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman. Calvin Harris won best male video - beating West's "Famous" - for "This is What You Came For", which featured Rihanna and was co-written with former girlfriend Swift.