— MTV (@MTV) August 29, 2016
Honorable Empress Beyonce brought nothing but perfection to her VMAs performance this year, with a Lemonade medley that reminded everyone why it’s the best album of the year so far. After an introduction courtesy of Serena Williams herself (in town to compete at the US Open starting tomorrow in Queens) the performance opened with Queen Bey on stage in a flowing white coat surrounded by dancers. As the opening chords of “Pray You Catch Me” came over the speakers it was already clear Beyonce’s time on stage was going to be the highlight of the night.
After a costume change from the all-white ensemble to a more fierce black lace and leather getup, Bey segued into “Hold Up”, “Don’t Hurt Yourself”, “Sorry”, “Formation”, and other song snippets from the critically-acclaimed visual album. At one point she stood on stage while black and red flashing lights backlit her performance, evoking police lights. At another, she donned a magnificent fur coat that recalled an alternate universe/hip-hop version of Cruella de Vil.
It should be no surprise that Bey concluded the extensive and mind-blowing performance with the lead single from Lemonade, “Formation.” There was a camera-shattering appearance by the infamous “Hot Sauce” bat (obviously the best part of the entire visual album) and some Beyonce eye contact with the camera that actually may have made some of her fans pass out in their homes while watching. The power of Bey should not be underestimated, and this performance was just a reminder of the way she rules over every other artist out there right now.
Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks indeed.
If you doubted for a second that Beyonce and her dancers weren’t going to put on a performance with an explicitly feminist message, they ended things by creating the “female” sign with their bodies. All hail Queen Bey.