The 10 Best Moments of the 2016 MTV VMAs

The 10 Best Moments of the 2016 MTV VMAs
Beyonce arrives at The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards held at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY on August 28, 2016. (Photo by Anthony Behar/ Sipa USA via AP )

The MTV Video Music Awards are always full of surprises and epic performances and this year was no exception. The biggest music and entertainment stars gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York City for the first time ever to celebrate the hottest hits and artists of the year. Here, we’re recapping the night’s nine most buzz-worthy moments (or meme-worthy if you’re in Key and Peele’s camp) and in case you didn’t get enough of your favorite artists, don’t worry. You can catch many of them on tour right now.

10. Alessia Cara and Troye Sivan

WE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! @djkhaled @alessiasmusic. Tune into the #VMAs and the pre-show tonight!!!!

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Dressed in a camouflage jacket, skinny jeans, and sneakers, Alessia Cara hit the VMAs Pre-show stage alongside Troye Sivan. The pair kicked off the show on a great note. Need more Cara and Sivan in your life? Snag tickets to Cara’s Know-It-All Part II tour and see Sivan on his Suburbia tour.

9. Lukas Graham

The guys at the VMA's, but watch out next year we'll kick some asses 😜 🇩🇰🔝 #lukasgraham #lukasgrahamsupport

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These cool guys made their VMA debut by warming up the crowd during the pre-show with their song “Mama Said.” For more Lukas Graham in your life, catch them in a city near you this fall.

8. Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas also gave a sizzling performance of “Bacon” that was so hot he had to sing atop a fire truck outside the garden—dressed in head-to-toe leather, no less. If he left you craving more, catch him on his Future Now tour alongside Demi Lovato.

7. Future

Future Hendrix also hit the VMAs stage dressed in all red everything to give an energetic performance of his hit “Commas.” See more of the rapper on Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour.

6. Britney Spears

My partner in rhyme @g_eazy #VMAs

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After a long hiatus, Britney Spears returned to the VMAs stage dressed in a sultry yellow bodysuit to perform her song “Make Me” with rapper G-Eazy. If you’re still feeling the Britney vibes, catch more of her rocking moves at her Piece of Me Las Vegas show.

5. Kanye West


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Kanye West never fails to make a statement and that he did last night with the premiere his music video for his song “Fade,” which which depicts Teyana Taylor dancing. Experience more of West’s creative genius on his The Saint Pablo Tour.

4. The Chainsmokers & Halsey


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The Chainsmokers and Halsey also killed it on stage during the show performing their summer hit “Closer.” See more of the dance duo this fall.

3. Alicia Keys

Vibin’ with friends tonight at the #VMAs 😊

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When you think about the typical award show, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood are probably the first things that come to mind. Alicia Keys proved that glamour comes from within when she took the VMA stage with no makeup and a powerful message for the global MTV audience.

2. Rihanna

1 down, 3 to go! #RiRiVANGUARD #VMAs

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Rihanna was the queen of the VMAs this year. The pop star was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and performed not once but four times. And in true Rihanna fashion, each performance and edgy ensemble was better than the last.

1. Beyoncé

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It might have been Rihanna’s night, but Beyonce didn’t fail to steal the show with a powerful performance of songs from her groundbreaking visual album Lemonade. From the visuals and vocals to her dance movies and super sexy outfits, it’s safe to say she slayed. See more of Queen Bey on her Formation World Tour.

See which MTV VMAs stars are on tour now and catch them live.