I did not watch the VMAs because I think award shows are mostly a waste of time after the pre-show. Plus, nothing will outshine the enigmatic VMA red-carpet fashion of the 90s and early 2000s. Although Katy Perry and Riff Raff did bring it back a la Justin and Britney, I really cannot stand either Perry or Raff, so it was more of an insult than an homage.
But I did wake up (like) this morning to watch Beyoncé‘s unbelievable medley performance that ended with her receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Killing it on so many levels, Beyoncé powered through pretty much her ENTIRE visual album (but not Superpower or Grown Woman, which are my faves, but I’ll forgive her). Highlights please:
This inhuman head-bobble.
These fine gilded butt-cheeks and impeccable choreography.
The time I cried actual human tears during “Blue” and those home videos (gosh, Jay can you just always be smiling with a baby in your arms? That would be okay with me.)
This moment of pure cinematic perfection.
And okay, whatever your feelings are on Beyonce’s newfound feminism, it was really Blue Ivy who totally stole the whole damn show. She. Was. Flawless.
And look at Jay’s face! He’s all, “Did anybody see that?” Yes, we did. We saw that. And it was adorable.
At the end of Bey’s performance, Jay and Blue present her with the Video Vanguard Award and Blue says this:
Ugh somebody please buy me a ticket to On The Run. My Birthday is September 10th. Just sayin’.