This is traditionally everyone’s favourite awards show, and the evening did not disappoint!
The star-studded show at Madison Square Garden saw Beyonce take home video of the year for Formation and best female video for Hold Up, as well as deliver a 16-minute performance of tracks from her hit album Lemonade.
Rihanna performed four separate medleys of her biggest hits throughout the show after she was named the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, MTV’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement honour.
Kanye West even got his chance to take to the stage for a six-minute speech before introducing the video to his new song Fade, where he compared himself to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Walt Disney!
Britney Spears returned to the VMA stage but faced accusations she lip-synced her performance of Make Me from her new album Glory.
Drake won best hip hop video, for Hotline Bling, but did not collect his trophy on stage because he was stuck in traffic, presenter Sean “Diddy” Combs told the crowd!
Calvin Harris picked up best male video for This Is What You Came For, featuring Rihanna. The Scottish producer sent a video message thanking MTV for the honour after missing the ceremony because he was performing in the UK. There was a notable absentee from his list of thank you’s – co-writer Taylor Swift was not mentioned at all in his speech nor her writing pseudonym Nils Sjoberg.
The Chainsmokers then brought the heat to to the stage with their summery smash hit “Closer”. Halsey joined them on stage, belting out her guest verse and chorus duet with Andrew Taggart, one half of the EDM duo.
It was both artists’ first VMA performance and The Chainsmokers’ first time ever at the show. They were nominated for Best Electronic Video for “Don’t Let Me Down,” their hit song with Daya.
A full list of winners is below:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Beyoncé – “Formation”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO – Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
BEST MALE VIDEO – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
BEST COLLABORATION – Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO – Drake – “Hotline Bling”
BEST POP VIDEO – Beyoncé – “Formation”
SONG OF SUMMER – Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap — “All In My Head”
BEST ROCK VIDEO – Twenty-one pilots – “Heathens”
BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO – Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
BREAKTHROUGH LONG FORM VIDEO – Beyoncé – Lemonade
BEST NEW ARTIST – DNCE