Photos From MTV VMAs 2016 – Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Kanye West And More
The 2016 MTV VMAs took place on Sunday August 28, 2016 in New York.The arrivals at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night seemed to have something for everybody.
There were over-the-top fantastical ensembles like the ones worn by early arrivals Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy, the former as an angel-winged ice queen in a strong-shouldered, see-through pale green and metallic fall 2016 couture gown by Maison Francesco Scognamiglio, the latter in full princess mode complete with a tulle skirt, tiara and pair of peach-colored kicks on her feet.
Rihanna opened the show with a hot pink flash, blazing through four of her biggest dance hits: “Don’t Stop the Music,” “Only Girl in the World,” We Found Love” and “Where Have You Been.” The pop star would perform three more genre-specific medleys throughout the night, throwing an impromptu block party during a reggae and dancehall set that included “Rude Boy,” “What’s My Name” and “Work,” and tinging her trap hits “Needed Me,” “Pour It Up” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” with a gothic psychedelia. For her grand finale, the singer took the stage in a billowing gown and performed the hit ballads, “Stay,” “Diamonds” and “Love on the Brain.”
The performances culminated with Rihanna accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, presented by Drake. “Some artists need to play a character to achieve success,” Drake said. “Some need to downplay their own natural instincts to blend in. She succeeds by doing something that no one in this music industry does, which is being herself.” And fittingly, Rihanna dedicated her trophy to her home country, Barbados, telling the crowd, “It’s my family’s, it’s my fans’, it’s my country’s, the Caribbean as a whole, it’s women, it’s black women.”