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2016 MTV VMAs: Best and Worst

Posted by cirvine on August 29, 2016

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The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (aka the Rihanna and Bey Show) were last night and they gifted us with many things, including a Britney comeback and an appearance by Ryan Lochte (sort of). But they also gifted us with a lot of baloney. Ya you heard me. I said baloney.

For all your tastiest and nastiest VMA baloney, see below.

Best Performance: Beyonce, “Lemonade” Medley

Is it any surprise that the best performance of the night belongs to Queen Bey? Showcasing all the best songs of her recent album, Lemonade, including an explosive finale of Formation (did you catch the female symbol her dancers made at the end?), Beyonce continues to define what’s makes a performer a performer. I think my favourite part had to be when she literally hit the camera with a baseball bat, shattering the picture, and then drops the bat into view like a mic. Damn girl, you are literally killing it.

Worst Performance: The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey, “Closer”

I admit, when your fellow performers include Beyonce and Rihanna, it would be hard to make yours stand out. The thing is, I don’t think this performance would stand out even if those two weren’t there. This act was very bla. If you’re going to opt for a simple light show and a fog machine, you better make sure either your singing or your dance moves are on point. These guys barely moved around and the singing was sub-par. I’m sure they were nervous as they were the newcomers to the show, but come on guys, time to make your mark!

Best Dressed: Britney Spears

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Our girl Britney has come a long way since her Canadian tuxedo-dress with Justin Timberlake. Britney looked classic and mature in a Julien Macdonald black asymmetric dress. I’m not sure why I love it so much, but it might be that its simplicity is what makes it stand out. With all the feathers and lace and flamboyancy you see at these award shows, less is sometimes more.

Worst Dressed

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I’m not a fashion expert, but there seemed to be plenty outfits at VMAs that were just plain wrong. It’s pretty hard to pick out my favourite worst one, but I think I have to give it to Jeremy Scott (above). What was with the whole no-shirt-under-the-blazer look this year?

Best Speech: Drake 


If there’s more of a stand-up guy than our Canadian hero Drake than I don’t know of him. Donned in a classic black and white tuxedo and looking fresh to death, Drake presented Rihanna with the Vanguard Award in what has to be the sweetest way possible. “She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22 years old,” he said, gushing, “She’s one of my best friends in the world. All my adult life, I’ve looked up to her even though she’s younger than me.” And then everyone’s heart exploded into a million Drake-shaped pieces. Many people believed he was going to propose to her in that moment, but realizing that that would steal away Rihanna’s moment, he decided he better not. Drake’s a good guy. Be like Drake.

Worst Speech: Kanye


Does anyone else wish that MTV would stop giving Kanye a mic? I’m so over his nonsensical ramblings and rants. As if is ego-flames weren’t high enough, MTV had to fuel them by allowing him 4 minutes of airtime, of which he took 7. From throwing shade at Taylor (again), and using his own name in his list of idols, this is another classic Kanye bit. You know what? I’m not going to waste any more time on this guy. When it comes to Kanye, just say no!

Best Joke: Jimmy Fallon’s Ryan Lochte Impression

You may know Ryan Lochte as the American Olympian who ruined everything for everyone. Well Jimmy Fallon turned the tragedy into a comedy last night by impersonating the shamed athlete for his presentation of Video of the Year. I think my favourite jab was “(The videos are) so good, I couldn’t choose. I couldn’t choose, even if there was a gun to my head”. Too soon?

Worst Joke(s)

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Oh Key and Peele, what happened? I love them so much, but if I said they were great award-show hosts I would be lying. They had many jokes that sort of just fell flat. Don’t judge these books by their VMA covers. They are hilarious guys and everyone has their bad nights. We still love you K&P!

Well, that was some of the bests and worsts of the 2016 VMAs. Whether you love it, hate it, or love to hate it, the VMAs are at least something to talk about.  The only thing we can hope for next year is more Bey and less Ye.

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