MTV Video Music Awards 2016


So, we’ve come to that time of year where the second wave of award shows are now upon us, following The GRAMMYs and The BRIT Awards earlier this year, and to kick us off, of course we start with probably one of the most controversial in pop music history. The VMA’s. Oh yes.

The VMA’s being so controversial over the years, with Madonna and Britney sharing their passion for each other on stage, to Lady Gaga’s meat dress, right down to Miley twerking her way into Robin Thicke’s groin, every year is always anticipated as we just don’t know what could happen next, and this year was no different.

We watched Rihanna give multiple performances, Kanye West of course have his moment, Britney returned for the first time in almost 10 years, and Beyoncé (of course) stole the show with her 15 minute long visual performance, as well as winning multiple awards taking Madonna’s crown as the most awarded VMA artist in history. Although viewers were at it’s lowest since the new millennium, this year’s VMA’s definitely does still have it’s controversial topics that will leave people reminiscing in years to come.

Here are the categories, those that were nominated, and those who won.


Video of the Year

Beyoncé – Formation
Adele – Hello
Justin Bieber – Sorry
Kanye West – Famous
Drake – Hotline Bling

Best Male Video

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

Best Female Video

Beyoncé – Formation
Rihanna – Work (feat. Drake)
Adele – Hello
Ariana Grande – Into You
Sia – Cheap Thrills

Best New Artist

Zara Larsson
Lukas Graham
Bryson Tiller

Best Pop Video

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

Best Rock Video

twenty one pilots – Heathens
All Time Low – Missing You
Coldplay – Adventure of a Lifetime
Fall Out Boy – Irresistible (feat. Demi Lovato)
Panic! At The Disco – Victorious

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake – Hotline Bling
2 Chainz – Watch Out
Chance the Rapper – Angels (feat. Saba)
Desiigner – Panda
Bryson Tiller – Don’t

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love
99 Souls – The Girl Is Mine (feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy)
Afrojack – SummerThing!
The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)
Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

Best Collaboration Video

Fifth Harmony – Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Rihanna – Work (feat. Drake)
Beyoncé – Freedom (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
Ariana Grande – Let Me Love You (feat. Lil Wayne)

Breakthrough Long Form Video

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

Best Direction

Melina Matsoukas (Beyoncé – Formation)
Xavier Dolan (Adele – Hello)
Johan Renck (David Bowie – Lazarus)
Vania Heymann & Gal Muggia (Coldplay – Up&Up)
Canada (Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better)

Best Choreography

Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight and Dana Foglia (Beyoncé – Formation)
Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia, Anthony Burrell & Beyoncé Knowles Carter (Beyoncé – Sorry)
Hi-Hat (Missy Elliott & Pharrell – WTF)
Aaron Sillis, Benjamin Milan, Kenrick Sandy and FKA Twigs (FKA Twigs – M3LL155X)
Holly Blakey (Florence + The Machine – Delilah)

Best Visual Effects

Vania Heymann and GloriaFX (Coldplay – Up&Up)
Jonathan Box and MPC (Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover))
Lewis Saunders and Jihoon Yoo (FKA Twigs – M3LL155X)
Louis Mackall and T.J. Burke (The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face)

Best Art Direction

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

Best Editing

Jeff Selis (Beyoncé – Formation)
Xavier Dolan (Adele – Hello)
Johan Söderberg (David Bowie – Blackstar)
Vinnie Hobbs (Fergie – M.I.L.F. $)
Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande – Into You)

Best Cinematography

Malik Sayeed (Beyoncé – Formation)
André Turpin (Adele – Hello)
Corey Jennings (Alesso – I Wanna Know)
Crille Forsberg (David Bowie – Lazarus)
Paul Lauffer (Ariana Grande – Into You

Song of the Summer

Fifth Harmony – All In My Head (Flex) [feat. Ty Dolla $ign]
The Chainsmokers – Closer (feat. Halsey)
Drake – One Dance (feat. Kyla & Wizkid)
Selena Gomez – Kill ‘Em With Kindness
Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
Nick Jonas – Bacon (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
Major Lazer – Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)
Sia – Cheap Thrills
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling!

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award


So that’s it for another year. After taking home 8 awards last night, it meant that Beyoncé is now officially the most awarded artist in VMA history with a total number of 24 moonmen, beating Madonna’s 20, and of course, Rihanna recieving the most prestigious award you can possibly get for her outstanding contributions to music throughout her career. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, until next year.

Re-live the VMA’s

If you missed the VMA’s this year, or just having withdrawal symptoms, or maybe just want all the backstage gossip, visit the official MTV VMA website by clicking here.


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