The 2016 MTV VMAs had the kind of stellar lineup — Beyonce! Rihanna! Britney! Kanye! — that made the show seemed destined to be one of the most memorable VMAs ever. Instead, it played out, to quote one viewer on Twitter, like "the Formation World Tour with opening acts."
Of course, Bey dominated the show with her epic performance and Video of the Year win, but a few other notable things happened as well. Here’s a look at the best, worst and weirdest moments of the show.
The couple we wish could make it work-work-work-work-work
Whose heart didn’t melt when Drake said before presenting his maybe-girlfriend Rihanna the Video Vanguard Award, “She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old”? And then who didn’t cringe when Drizzy went in for the kiss and Rih turned her face away? (And seemed to have told him after, “That wasn’t funny?”) Poor Drake.
Most epic Rihanna performance of the night
As this year's Video Vanguard winner, Rihanna performed four times throughout the night. All of them were fantastic, but her final one of the night — with "Stay," "Diamonds" and "Love on the Brain" — was truly mesmerizing. No wonder Drake was moved to confess his love to her right after.
The performance that reminded everyone of SoulCycle
Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande teamed up for the VMAs again, this time to collaborate on Grande’s “Side to Side,” which was a little dizzying (and underwhelming) to say the least. Rather than miming a faux-workout routine, anyone else wish that Minaj teamed up onstage with Bey instead?
The performance that suffered the most in comparison to Beyonce
Britney Spears' long-awaited return to the VMAs stage was cruelly scheduled to take place after Beyonce's breathtaking performance. Brit's still got the moves (and looked incredible), and usually no one cares if she lip syncs, but it seemed jarring after watch Bey slay it on stage only moments before. Sure, it wasn't a trainwreck like the last time she performed at the VMAs, but putting her on post-Beyonce robbed her of her triumphant comeback moment.