The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were a whirlwind of epic performances, rousing speeches, and stunning couture, so which moments rose above the rest to captivate America’s attention? Thanks to Twitter, we know exactly which celebrities earned the unofficial award for the most-talked about parts of the night.
Coming in at first place was the queen herself, Beyoncé, who slayed her surprise, 16-minute performance of not one, but five, hits off of her visual album, Lemonade. From her booty-shaking dance moves to her baseball-bat wielding fierceness, Queen Bey set the stage on fire (literally) with her performance.
Next up was Kanye West’s new “Fade” music video, featuring the incredibly sexy Teyana Taylor in a Flashdance-like crop top and thong showing off her killer dance moves. “I’m gonna play y’all a piece of my heart and I just hope y’all have a good time,” he said before debuting the new video. Clearly, Twitter enjoyed it.
Rihanna was honored last night with the lifetime achievement Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and judging by the response to her speech, fans at home agreed with the choice. RiRi made the third-most Tweeted about moment when she accepted the award from her sometimes-boyfriend Drake, who declared his love for her on stage.
Rounding out the list were West and Rihanna once again. Yeezus set the Twitterverse ablaze when he spoke about his controversial “Famous” music video, shouting out to ex Amber Rose in the audience, while Rihanna proved why she’s the best in the business during her second, twerk-filled performance of the night.
Not surprisingly, the five most Tweeted-about celebs of the night were Beyoncé, Rihanna, West, Drake, and Fifth Harmony, who took home the Moonman for Best Collaboration over Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, and Rihanna.
The 2016 MTV VMAs were certainly a night to remember.