Who runs the (world) VMAs: Beyonce dominates, wins eight awards

Sam Eichberg

The Video Music Awards, otherwise known as the VMAs, took place Aug. 28. In the past, the VMAs have been filled with sparks and fireworks, and this year was no exception.
The VMAs are an award show put on every year by MTV in which they give out awards that look like a small silver astronaut called the “MoonMan” This year eight different artists went home with an award.
The main headline of the night was the astonishing eight moonmen that hip-hop artist Beyoncé walked away with. Her song “Formation” won her six out of her eight moonmen including awards for “video of the year” “best pop video,” “best choreography” “best direction” “best cinematography” and “best editing.” While winning eight VMAs in one night is an impressive feat, in an unexpected turn of events, it actually puts Beyoncé in a three way tie for second most in a single night. It also puts her behind Peter Gabriel for most in a single night with 10. “I personally love Beyoncé, so I’m really glad she won so many awards. She really deserved them because she’s a great artist and a great role model,” junior Myah Owens said.
Besides winning eight awards, Beyoncé also performed four times. The eight awards she won put her at 24 total moonman awards, which is the most of all time for any artist male or female.
Another major event of the night was the premiere of a polarizing Kanye West music video for his hit song “Fade,” which is off of his latest album title “The Life of Pablo,” Before showing his new music video, Kanye did what he does best; make a speech which included outlandish comparisons. West compared himself to the likes of the late Steve Jobs and Walt Disney. “I honestly agree with everything he said. Kanye really is just like Steve Jobs and Walt Disney, they’re all visionaries in their own special way. Nobody is a cultural icon like Kanye is, he’s just so controversial and he always makes headlines no matter what,” junior Ben Burger said.
Another major headline at the VMAs was the return of Britney Spears to the VMA stage for the first time in a little under 10 years, as well as stunning performances by Atlanta rapper Future, Rihanna and a performance by an unexpected duo of Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. “I thought the performances this year were much better than they have been in the past, especially Future’s performance. He did a really good job,” sophomore Garrett Koch said.
The biggest award of the night was the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which was presented by Drake. He presented this award to Rihanna who didn’t seem keen to the amount of PDA he was displaying.


Sam Greene

Sports Editor