This year it is being awarded to Rihanna, who split up her performances throughout the night, singing hits such as "Work", "We Found Love" and "Love on the Brain".
Both "Fade" and the Video of the Year nominee "Famous" come off of Kanye West's latest album, The Life of Pablo.
The R&B superstar was chosen as the recipient of this year's (16) Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, and her frequent collaborator and rumoured beau Drake was on hand to present her with the prestigious golden Moonman trophy at Sunday's (28Aug16) ceremony. She was wearing white, but later stripped down to a black leotard with full sleeves as she sang "Hold Up" and "Sorry". "She's one of my best friends in the world".
Once the set had finished, Britney threw her arms around her 27-year-old rapper before planting a kiss on his cheek.
Drake presenting Rihanna with the 2016 MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
As Rihanna gave him a peck on the cheek, Drake continued to lean in to kiss her on the neck. She thanked her collaborators including Drake for helping her put out great music.
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While some review's called the mother-of-two's comeback "triumphant", some said Spears struggled to match Beyonce's performance.
"And so, you know my success, it started as my dream".
Rihanna's final performance of Stay, Diamonds and Love On The Brain. "It's my family's, it's my fans', it's my country's, it's the Caribbean's as a whole, it's women's, it's black women's".
On a night when women ruled, Britney Spears returned to the VMA stage for the first time in a decade, and Rihanna performed four times to mark her lifetime achievement award.
Beyonce accepts the Female Video of the Year award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in NY, U.S., August 28, 2016.
However, instead of fulfilling ANY of my expectations, I instead sat back and watched my youth fucking DIE on stage.