Now this is how you pull off a performance.
Beyonce brought her sold-out Formation World Tour to the MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on Sunday with an unbelievable 15-minute Lemonade medley that brought everyone to their feet.
Hours after slaying the “white” carpet with her 4-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, Beyonce kicked off her performance with a gorgeous rendition of her ballad, “Pray You Catch Me,” looking absolutely angelic in a white floor-length cape adorned with oversized jewels.
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Beyonce then effortlessly transitioned to her country-tinged song, “Hold Up,” stripping down to her signature black leotard and knee-high black boots, and flaunting her best assets while dancing with her troupe.
The 34-year-old singer re-enacted the best part of the “Hold Up” video, taking a bat that was on the side of the catwalk and “smashing” the camera. Seriously, don’t mess with Beyonce!
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She then went into her song, “Sorry,” which features the much-discussed lyric, “Better call Becky with the good hair,” infusing some extra sass and attitude into the performance that simply made it that much more unforgettable -- not that she really needed any help.
Being the pro that she is, Bey made a point to have a camera close-up when she sang “Better call Becky with the good hair,” even running her hands through her long locks for emphasis.
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Things turned to 11 when she sang the super NSFW revenge anthem, “Don’t Hurt Yourself.” “Who the f**k do you think I am?” she snarls. “You ain’t married to no average b*tch boy.”
Simply straight fire.
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Beyonce closed out her medley (which was really a mini-concert, let’s be real) with her female-empowerment anthem, “Formation,” and showed exactly why it’s nearly impossible to top her. How she didn’t end up closing the VMAs boggles the mind!
Ariana Grande was just one of the celebrities who was speechless by B’s stellar show, waving her hand in disbelief as rumored boyfriend Mac Miller applauded next to her. Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz also had big grins following her performance, which drew a standing ovation. (Obviously.)
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Though the camera was panning away from the stage, you might have heard a big thud. That wasn’t the sound system going haywire. Nope, that was Beyonce literally dropping the mic.
Just like she did five years ago, when she dropped the mic in another way at the 2011 VMAs.
Thank you, Queen B. Thank YOU.