Beyonce won top honours at MTV’s Video Music Awards in New York, and rapper Drake professed his “love” for Rihanna, who collected a lifetime achievement award.
At the star-studded show, at Madison Square Garden, Beyonce won ‘video of the year’ for ‘Formation’, and best female video for ‘Hold Up’. She performed 16 minutes of tracks from her hit album, Lemonade.
The ‘Single Ladies’ singer arrived with her four-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, including Sybrina Fulton, the mother of murdered teenager, Trayvon Martin.
Beyonce thanked her daughter and “incredible” husband, Jay Z, for their support.
“I dedicate this award to the people of New Orleans,” she said.
Rihanna performed four medleys of her biggest hits, after she was named recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, MTV’s equivalent of a lifetime achievement honour.
The Barbadian singer, 28, was presented with her Moonman trophy by Drake, her long-time collaborator and rumoured love interest.
Drake told the crowd: “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old. She’s one of my best friends in the world. All of my adult life, I’ve looked up to her, even though she’s younger than me.”
Rihanna thanked her family, friends, and hometown of Saint Michael, Barbados, for her 11-year-career.
“My success started as my dream, but now my success is not my own. It’s my family, my fans, my country ... it’s women, it’s black women,” she said.
Kanye West gave a six-minute speech before introducing the video to his new song, ‘Fade’.
He compared himself to Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, and to Walt Disney.
He also addressed his recent war of words with Taylor Swift, insisting he informed the pop singer about the lyrics to his single, ‘Famous’, in which he raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
He went on: “I know, at times, for me, I sit down and talk to older, rich people, AKA white, and they tell me ‘don’t compare yourself to Steve Jobs and don’t compare yourself to Walt Disney’. My role models are artists, merchants. There’s less than 10 I can name in history: Truman, Ford, Hughes, Disney, Jobs, West.”
Britney Spears faced accusations that she lip-synced her performance of ‘Make Me’, from her new album, Glory.
Drake won best hip-hop video, for ‘Hotline Bling’, but did not collect his trophy, because he was stuck in traffic, presenter, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, told the crowd.
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