The big victor of the night was Beyoncé.
"Family Zone", he captioned the photo alongside a string of crown emojis. Bey has now won 24 of the coveted statues. From Michael Jackson singing a medley of his greatest hits in 1995 to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera kissing Madonna during a much chronicled 2003 performance and Kanye West interrupting Taylor Swift's 2009 acceptance speech, it seems like the show has become more about the drama and less about the music throughout the years-until last night.
The photo also confirms Jay Z was in NY during the VMAs, as he wasn't spotted during the broadcast.
"Lemonade" also features the mothers of three slain young African-American men whose mothers joined her in the audience - Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin. He said he met Rihanna in 2005 on the set of her first music video for "Pon de Replay".
"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old".
Beyonce's top-notch performance starkly contrasted with that of Spears, who returned to the VMA stage after 10 years. Britney emerged looking, dancing and lip-syncing as good as the days she donned bikini tops and Burmese pythons. The speech touched on the Taylor Swift controversy surrounding his "Famous" music video, what fame is, feeling blessed, how his wife, Kim Kardashian West, is a "G", and concluded with a list of Kanye's inspirations, including himself.
Performers included Nick Jonas, The Chainsmokers, Ty Dollar $ign and Ariana Grande, who brought spin class to the VMA stage when she sang the reggae-tinged "Side to Side" with Nicki Minaj. Neither the British singer nor Bieber attended or won awards. As if it wasn't enough to be awarded one of the most-prized categories of the evening by a Jimmy-Fallon-impersonating-Ryan-Lochte, the female dynamo took home moonmen for Video of the Year ("Formation"), Best Female Video ("Hold Up"), Breakthrough Long Form Video ("Lemonade"), Best Direction ("Formation"), Best Cinematography ("Formation") and Best Editing ("Formation") categories. Fifth Harmony was a double victor, taking home song of summer and best collaboration video.