Beyoncé welcomed MTV and the audience to her world as she built on her VMA legacy with a medley of songs from her visual album “Beyoncé.”
Always the trailblazer, Beyoncé celebrated where she is as an artist today and pulled back the curtain on her family life with poignant images from home movies showing her as a wife and mother. The backdrop throughout her performance reinforced messages of female empowerment and sampled a powerful quote and call to feminism from the prominent Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
After Beyoncé’ broke Justin Timberlake’s 2013 record for the longest VMA performance ever, Jay Z and Blue Ivy unexpectedly joined her on stage for a highly emotional moment as her family presented her with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard” Award. Humbled and speaking through tears, Beyoncé thanked God, her daughter, her “beloved,” MTV and her fans. She also won the most awards of the evening, taking home Moonmen in three different categories, including “Best Collaboration” for “Drunk in Love” and “Best Video With a Message” for “Pretty Hurts.”
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