Last night’s 2016 MTV VIdeo Music Awards were filled with surprises, big wins and even bigger performances. As music’s brightest stars took over Madison Square Garden in NYC, social media users all over the country got in on the real time action by reacting throughout the night. The VMAs is always the closing ceremony to a summer of big music, and this year, hip-hop commanded the most attention from fans online. Check out which five moments were the most tweeted-about events of the evening.
It’s no surprise that Beyonce’s show stopping performance of five tracks off Lemonade garnered 11 million tweets and counting. With glamorous, ferocious showmanship and her bat, Hot Sauce, handy Bey turned the VMAs stage into her own personal Formation Tour for a few moments which is good enough reason to be the most talked about performance of the entire show. The Queen took home eight shiny moon men last night, including the coveted Video of the Year Award for “Formation.”
Kanye West’s video premiere of “Fade” featuring G.O.O.D. Music’s Teyana Taylor was the second most-tweeted about event of the evening, mostly because nobody knew what Ye had up his sleeve. When it was announced that Kanye would have four minutes set aside in the broadcast to do whatever he wanted, many speculated that he would go on one of his famous Kanye rants. But it was the unexpected video premiere of “Fade” off his 2016 album The Life of Pablo that got people tweeting.
The third biggest social media moment of the night was when Drake appeared, seemingly out of thin air, to present Rihanna with the night’s honorary prize, The Video Vanguard Award. Drizzy got extra mushy when presenting RiRi with the trophy, saying he’s been in love with her since he was 22 years old.
Kanye took the fourth spot for the same moment as the second, but it was something a little more specific, During Yeezy’s speech preceding the video premiere, Kanye shouted out Amber Rose, who was in the audience.
“I see you, Amber!” said Ye in the middle of talking about himself, among other inventors like Henry Ford and Walt Disney. He even pointed about Rose, and of course a strategic camera pan caught Amber shrugging off the whole thing.
Lastly, Rihanna’s four performances throughout the night round out the fifth most-tweeted about event from the 2016 VMA’s. RiRi took fans through her catalog, jumping from “Rude Boy” to “Work” and “What’s My Name” to “Love on the Brain.”