Bey­once proves she’s in a lane of her own

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Bey­once proved once again she is the con­tem­po­rary rock star, and she used the MTV Video Mu­sic Awards stage to show­case her skills and out­shine her peers. Bey­once won eight awards, in­clud­ing video of the year, and per­formed five songs from her vis­ual al­bum “Lemonade” in an epic 16-minute con­cert Sun­day that had the au­di­ence at New York’s Madi­son Square Gar­den in awe.

She sang live, danced heav­ily and worked the crowd as she ran through “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” “Sorry,” “Don’t Hurt Your­self” and “For­ma­tion,” which won the top prize over Adele, Drake, Justin Bieber and Kanye West.

It was rem­i­nis­cent of the 2014 VMAs, when Bey­once also per­formed for 16 min­utes and ac­cepted the Michael Jack­son Video Van­guard award. This year it was awarded to Ri­hanna, who split up her per­for­mances through­out the night, singing hits such as “Work,” “We Found Love” and “Love on the Brain.”

Drake won best hip-hop video for “Hot­line Bling,” and Calvin Har­ris won best male video for “This Is What You Came For.” David Bowie, who died from cancer ear­lier this year, re­ceived four nom­i­na­tions for “Lazarus” and won best art di­rec­tion. The mu­sic video, which shows him look­ing frail in bed with ban­daged eyes, was re­leased just days be­fore the icon’s Jan. 10 death.

Adele was be­hind Bey­once with eight nom­i­na­tions, but the Bri­tish singer did not at­tend the show and did not win any awards.

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Bey­once ac­cepts the award for video of the year Sun­day at the 2016 MTV Video Mu­sic Awards.

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