MTV VMA Awards 2016: All The Best Bits

The MTV VMA awards are always dramatic. It was the event when Kanye West crashed Taylor Swift’s awards acceptance because he thought Beyonce should have won, it was the event where Britney Spears cavorted with a live snake and it was the event to which Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of raw meat. This year’s awards had a lot to live up to!

As Kanye West was at the 2016 awards, he did his best to create drama. And there were lots of bold and beautiful outfits from the performers and nominees. The VMAs are always their chance to shine and put on a show with what they wear as well as with their music. It’s a great example of stars taking risks with fashion and usually pulling it off, which we can use as inspiration if we’re bored of following the crowds and want to set trends.

Let’s have a look at the best moments in terms of fashion and drama:

(1) Rihanna

Rihanna kicked off the opening moments of the 2016 MTV VMAs with a career-spanning medley. She did Don’t Stop the Music, Only Girl, We Found Love, and Where Have You Been. It didn’t stop there—she performed three more as the night went on. She followed up the opening performance with Rude Boy, What’s My Name, and Work later in the night. Then, she did Needed Me, Pour It Up, and Bitch Better Have My Money. For her final performance, she sang Stay, Diamonds, and Love on the Brain. That’s 13 songs! Unlucky for some? Not for Rihanna! She won the Music Video Vanguard award, which is essentially the Lifetime Achievement Award, looking every inch the winner in a gold dress.

(2) Kanye West and Kim Kardashian-West

Kanye was given four minutes to talk before presenting the video for his new single Fade and he covered a variety of subjects including Beyonce, how much he loved his wife Kim Kardashian (calling her a G), and boastfully said he thought he had left as much a legacy as Steve Jobs, Henry Truman and Harry Ford. Everyone was on the edge of their seat for him to say something truly controversial….but he didn’t. The suspense of waiting to see what he would do was more exciting than his actual speech – what do you think? And what do you think of Kim’s black mini dress?

(3) Beyonce

Bootylicious Beyonce looked sensational as she stole the stage – quite literally. She had 15 minutes to perform a mini-concert, inspired by her album Lemonade that was nominated for no less than 11 awards and won a record-breaking 8. She writhed around in black lace for the reggae bouncer Hold Up, and was even handed a baseball bat to smash up a camera the way she does in the film. Beyoncé ran through her flippant kiss-off  Sorry before tossing on a fur coat and strutting across the arena to her rollicking Don’t Hurt Yourself, without barely catching a breath. She’s a true star and she looked like one in her arrivals dress – a silver maxi dress with lots of diamonds.

(4) Britney Spears

Britney used to be Queen of the Crop Tops but she looked sophisticated in a one-shoulder black dress. She later swapped that for a lime green leotard and over-the-knee boots to perform Make Me with G-Eazy. However, social media wasn’t overly impressed with many questioning if she was lip-syncing. At least she had the last laugh as the black dress really suits her.

(5) Nicki Minaj

Nicki looked sensational in a floor-length blue maxi dress that showed off her gravity-defying curves. She swapped that for one of her classic baby pink outfits when she went on stage to perform with Ariana Grande but the blue look suited her the most. If you want to look feminine and fabulous – a maxi dress will do it.

(6) Amber Rose

Kanye West shouted out to his ex Amber Rose, during his speech but she didn’t seem at all impressed. It can’t have been easy seeing Kim and Kanye so happy, but you can’t look sad in showbiz. Her solution was to power dress in a suit and use sunglasses to cover her face so she looked composed, even if she didn’t feel it.

(7) Rita Ora

Now she’s a judge on America’s Next Top Model, Rita can’t look ordinary and she certainly looked extraordinary in a black dress over black shorts. What really gave her confidence and attitude was the black platform shoes though – when you walk tall, you can hold your head up high as you feel like you’re on top of the world, quite literally.

(8) Ariana Grande

She may be petite but she looked powerful in black high-waist trousers. Her brother Frankie Grande may have come fifth in Celebrity Big Brother, but she was one of the stars of the MTV VMAs as she performed with Nicki Minaj and looked absolutely stunning.

(9) Tinashe


The Player singer looked red hot in one of my favourite looks of the night – a red jumpsuit. It reminds me of the Coast Raisa jumpsuit from Very with its gorgeous scarlet colour and it meant that everyone noticed her. The shape is really flattering so it guarantees outfit envy, wherever it’s worn.

(10) Fifth Harmony

Normandi Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui all wore similar cut-out black party dresses, showing that there are multiple ways to wear a black dress and look fabulous. The cut-out shapes give passers-by something to look at as it’s flashing the flesh in a subtle way, which is more sophisticated.

What was your favourite part of the MTV VMAs 2016?

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30th August 2016
Written by Zoe Griffin