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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards


By Jacqueline Gorr, Scene Editor

It was a night full of unexpected surprises

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards was held on Sunday August, 28 2016 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There were many unforgettable surprises such as Kanye’s speech, Drake surprising Rihanna by giving her an award and of course the winners of some big awards.

You never know what to expect from Kanye West. He was asked to introduce his new video from his latest album, however, he said, “Imma talk.” He joked that his music video might lose to Beyoncé, but it would be ok because that is one of his best friends. Kanye explained the inspiration behind the video and how it’s about society today. He mentioned his infamous ongoing feud with Taylor Swift explaining he respects everyone and that’s why he called her about putting her name in his song “Famous.” He ended his speech with the world premiere of his music video to his song “Fade.”

Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. She performed her greatest hits throughout the show. By the end of her last performance rapper Drake was there to give her the award. No one knew he was going to be the one to present her the award. He recalled the first moment he met her in 2005 when he was working as an extra on her music video set for “Pon de Replay.” He was commenting that she always remained true to herself. With the rumor of Drake and Rihanna dating he made a comment that evening saying “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22-years-old.” When Rihanna received the award, she wanted to take a moment and thank her country. “My success, it started as my dream. But now my success is not my own. It’s my countries” said the 28-year-old singer.

MTV gave out some awards in multiple categories including video of the year. Beyoncé was leading the female nominations with 11 nominations. She won eight out of 11 nominations. The major awards she won would be video of the year and best female video. All the awards she won had to do with her lasted album “lemonade.” Calvin Harris won best male video and best electronic video and Drake won best hip hop video. Out of the awards Beyoncé won the most awards. The night ended with some unexpected comedy when Jimmy Fallon came out as Ryan Lochte. Lochte, of course, was caught in a lie during the 2016 Olympics saying he was robbed at gun point. Fallon took the stage as Locate saying he was responsible for the internet’s favorite moments such as Drakes “Hotline Bling” video. He also mentioned he was the one who came out with Justin Biebers hit single “Sorry.” Michael Phelps was shown in the audience enjoying the moment.