VMAs Honor Rihanna But Beyonce Steals the Show


Israel Taylor, Entertainment Editor

The Video Music Awards was more than a night of music celebration among elite artists; it was an entire experience. The night was kicked off with Rihanna in a pink Hood By Air ensemble, singing a melody of her earlier songs such as ‘Don’t Stop The Music”, “Only Girl (In The World)”, and “We Found Love”. Rihanna was promised four slots to prove to viewers and the audience of celebrities that she is worthy of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.

The night was also a chance for Britney Spears to make yet another attempt at a come back with her song featuring G-Eazy, “Make Me”. Kanye West was given time to talk on stage before debuting his music video for ‘Fade’ from his album The Life of Pablo staring Teyana Taylor. Future had a energetic performance, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande performed their song “Side to Side”, and

The night also consisted of many other performers such as Britney Spears, Future, and Nicki Minaj. However, the star of the show was arguably Beyoncé, who stole fifteen minutes of the show to perform a condensed version of her Lemonade concert.

She began her performance with the first song on her album “Pray You Catch Me”. She wore a ghastly white gown with a matching white embroiled feathered cape crafted by Francesco Scognamiglio. Fire projected onto this gown giving her both an intimidating and eye catching look. There was then a swift entrance of dancers, dressed in gaudy jewelry and draping dresses. After this piercing performance, Beyoncé’s cape was taken off and an upbeat performance of  “Hold Up” began. Beyoncé is known for her complicated choreography and ability to provide full wholesome vocals during her dance numbers. Rihanna, though very talented, unfortunately does not posses these abilities. Because of Beyoncé’s edge on Rihanna to execute such a difficult and awesome performance, Rihanna would seem as just opener for the night, not the main attraction.

But who really created the most buzz at the VMA’s? The night was clearly geared towards Rihanna with countless promo commercial announcing her as the recipient of the this prestigious award. Beyoncé won this same award in 2014 prior to Kanye West, and was praised for weeks on end. The same is happening now, except she wasn’t the main performer of the night. Rihanna has made a major achievement, but it seems her limelight was overshadowed by Beyoncé’s massive following and influence.



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