The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), which aired live this morning from New York’s gamed Madison Square Garden, saw global megastar Beyoncé surprising the audience with a jaw-dropping “Lemonade” medley that recreated the stunning imagery of the visual album.

Beyoncé also swept 8 MTV VMA moonmen including “Video of the Year” for “Lemonade”. In case you missed it:

https://twitter.com/MTV/status/770112782612258816

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Her performance was flanked by Rihanna’s electrifying opening dance medley and a trio of stirring ballads to close, before she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award aka VMA’s highest honour, with a heartfelt tribute by Drake.

Upon accepting the award, Rihanna said, “When I think about the Vanguard award and receiving this tonight, all I could think of was my country. They’re gonna be so proud, this is the first Vanguard to land anywhere close to my country. And so, you know..my success, it started as my dream. But now, my success is not my own, you know? It’s my family’s, it’s my fans’, it’s my country’s, it’s the Caribbean as a whole, it’s women’s, it’s black women’s..”

Watch her acceptance speech and performance below:

Kanye West made a special appearance to deliver a meditation on fame before introducing the steamy and surreal video for “Fade,” starring actress and GOOD Music recording artiste Teyana Taylor and her fiancée, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert.

Future tore through a blistering performance of his 2015 hit “F**k Up Some Commas”, after being introduced by legendary Olympian Michael Phelps, who revealed he’d been listening to Future in the meme-launching photo of him in Rio.

And finally, let’s not forget that Britney Spears also made a triumphant return to the VMA stage with a soaring performance of her G-Eazy collaboration “Make Me…”

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The full list of winners is as follows:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
Rihanna

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Beyoncé – “Hold Up”
Director: Jonas Åkerlund, Beyoncé Knowles Carter

BEST MALE VIDEO
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
Director: Emil Nava

BEST COLLABORATION
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Work From Home”
Director: Director X

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Drake – “Hotline Bling”
Director: Director X

BEST POP VIDEO
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas

BEST ROCK VIDEO
twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
Director: Andrew Donoho

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples – “How Deep Is Your Love”
Director: Emil Nava

BREAKTHROUGH LONG-FORM VIDEO
Beyoncé – Lemonade

BEST NEW ARTISTE
Presented by Taco Bell®
DNCE

SONG OF SUMMER
Presented by Verizon
Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap – “All In My Head (Flex)”

BEST ART DIRECTION
David Bowie – “Blackstar”
Production Designer: Jan Houllevigue

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Choreographer: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight, Dana Foglia

BEST DIRECTION
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Director: Melina Matsoukas

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Cinematographer: Malik Sayeed

BEST EDITING
Beyoncé – “Formation”
Editor: Jeff Selis

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Coldplay – “Up&Up”
VFX Editor: Vania Heymann

A repeat telecast of the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air on MTV tonight at 10pm (MY). The show will air on MTV LIVE HD on 30th Tuesday at 8:30pm (MY).

For more information, hit up the MTV VMA website.

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