Kanye West and Kim Kardashian were backstage during Beyonce's MTV VMAs performance

Carla Harmon
August 30, 2016

News that the couple "didn't leave each other's side" and "Drake didn't let Rihanna out of his sight". But she also donned one spectacular new accessory: A giant diamond on her left ring finger.

Beyonce closed her performance with "Formation", for which she won a VMA for Video of the Year. The singer arrived on the red carpet accompanied by the mothers of three African-American men who have died at the hands of US police in the past two years.


Last night, Drake wasn't present to accept his Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video ("Hotline Bling"), but he did show up in the final moments of the ceremony as the surprise presenter of the Video Vanguard Award, which went to Rihanna.

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old", Drake said as Rihanna blushed and the audience cheered loudly. Britney emerged looking, dancing and lip-syncing as good as the days she donned bikini tops and Burmese pythons. Not only did the powerhouse medleys feature her past 10-plus years of hits, but the presentation of her award given by rapper and rumored boyfriend Drake tugged at the romantic heartstrings of viewers everywhere. Compared to a lot of the episode's stars, Teyana wasn't insufferable and early on established herself as someone who knows what she wants, even if it's a bit over the top compared to the rest of our lives.


The 2016 VMAs proved once again that a present-day award show isn't really an award show if Kanye West doesn't barge in to voice an opinion that no one really asked for. West preceded the video with a rambling, improvised speech that touched on poverty, his wife Kim Kardashian, his long-running feud with Taylor Swift, and violence in black neighborhoods. Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

Many of pop music's biggest names, including Justin Bieber, Britain's Adele and Taylor Swift were absent on Sunday.


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