Beyoncé Now Has More VMAs Than Anyone In History

The night also saw big wins for Drake, Rihanna and Calvin Harris

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It’s official: Beyoncé is the most awarded artist in VMAs history after her eight wins at last night’s (August 29) ceremony in New York saw her overtake record-holder Madonna.

The show also saw big wins for Calvin Harris and Drake, while Adele walked home with nothing despite having eight nominations.

Among Beyoncé’s wins was the big one – Video of the Year – for “Formation,” as well as Best Female Video for “Hold Up” and Best Pop Video, again for “Formation.” Now, Madonna’s 20 video music award prizes will just have to sit in second to Queen Bey’s grand total of 24.

 Meanwhile, Harris took home Best Male Video for the Rihanna-featuring single ‘This Is What You Came For’, and Best Electronic Video for ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ with Disciples.

Best Collaboration went to Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign for ‘Work From Home’, while Drake took home Best Hip Hop Video for the now-iconic “Hotline Bling.”

Rihanna was the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her career, and was given a rather loving tribute by Drake before accepting the gong.

There was also a posthumous win for David Bowie for Blackstar, winning Best Art Direction, while Coldplay’s ‘Up&Up’ video won Best Visual Effects.

 However, the night was just as much about the performances, and boy were we given a few memorable ones.

Beyoncé treated us to a medley of hits from her album Lemonade, while Rihanna gave four performances throughout the night, mixing hits from across her career.

Britney Spears also gave a comeback performance of ‘Make Me’ featuring G-Eazy in a rather sparkly yellow outfit, while Ariana Grande performed her single ‘Side to Side’ with Nicki Minaj.

Kanye West was also given free reign for four minutes (which turned out to be seven minutes—there’s no stopping Yeezy), which included a speech on the 22 people killed in Chicago and people trying to ruin the aspirations of the youth.

The MTV Video Music Awards took place in Madison Square Garden, New York on Sunday, August 28.

From: Harper’s BAZAAR US

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