2016 MTV Video Music Awards  Show

Going OTT at the VMAs

01 Sep 2016

The lowdown and highlights from music's most controversial awards ceremony

Beyoncé’s Political Statement
The singer used her VMA performance to protect against gun violence
Beyoncé reigned supreme at this year’s show, racking up awards for her ground-breaking visual album Lemonade, but she made sure to throw the spotlight on the anti-gun violence movement. 
On the red carpet, she was joined by relatives of victims of fatal shootings. The mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant, who were all killed during conflicts with US police, posed for photographers alongside Beyoncé. All the women bar one appeared in the singer’s Lemonade short movie, where they held up photographs of their deceased sons. 
The superstar continued to show her strong feelings on the matter throughout the night, with her 16-minute medley performance of Lemonade thought to represent police brutality. The singer’s backup dancers, who were dressed as angels, were individually ‘shot down’ one by one on stage, with lights in the arena flashing red each time one fell to the floor.   

Going OTT at the VMAs

Britney’s VMAs Redemption
The icon returned to the stage where her career once hit its lowest point

Britney Spears’ career high continued at this year’s VMAs, after she nailed it on stage with a sizzling performance of her latest single Make Me.
With her Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me, still drawing in huge numbers and her body looking more sculpted anmd honed than ever, it seems that things are looking up for Brit, after a difficult few years. Cast your memory back to the VMAs in 2007, when a clearly fragile Britney took to the stage to perform her hit Gimme More, in what was meant to be her big ‘comeback’. With tatty blonde extensions and an out-of-shape physique squeezed into a too-small black two-piece, Brit stumbled through the car-crash performance and critics blasted her, deeming her career to be over.
The Toxic singer is now having the last laugh, having slayed the VMAs alongside rapper G-Eazy with a performance that was packed with classic Britney elements, including a glittery nude bodysuit and super slick dance moves. It’s official, Brit is back!

Going OTT at the VMAs

Alicia Keys Ditches the Make-Up
Seeing a celebrity as their natural self on the red carpet was the strangest thing of all at the VMAs

After penning a thought-provoking article about the constant pressure for women to look polished, Alicia Keys attended the VMAs without wearing a scrap of make-up. In the article for Lena Dunham and Jenni Konney’s popular newsletter, the Lenny Letter, Alicia wrote: ‘I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my emotional growth. Nothing.’
The singer was first encouraged by her photographer to pose in post-gym attire without a trace of make-up for her album cover, and clearly this has spurred her on to ditch the war paint for good. Proving she’s true to her word, she rocked the au naturel look with total confidence on the red carpet alongisde husband Swizz Beatz and we salute her!
The 35-year-old Girl on Fire singer presented the award for the Best Male Video during the show, where she paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, which he made on 28 August 1963.
We think we have a total new girl crush.