2016 MTV Video Music Awards

2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Date Sunday, August 28, 2016 (2016-08-28)
Venue Madison Square Garden,
Midtown Manhattan, New York City
Country United States
Most awards Beyoncé (8)
Most nominations Beyoncé (11)
Official website www.mtv.com/ontv/vma/
Television/Radio coverage
Network MTV, MTV2, VH1, MTV Classic, BET, CMT, Centric, Comedy Central, Logo TV, Spike, TV Land

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards were held on August 28, 2016[1] at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan.[2] Adele's "Hello" was the most nominated video with seven categories. Beyoncé led the nominations with a total of eleven, followed by Adele, who had eight.[3] Rihanna received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award after performing several medley numbers during the ceremony.[4] Britney Spears marked her first performance at the awards show since the heavily-criticized 2007 show nine years prior.[5] After winning 8 awards, Beyoncé became the artist with the most number of VMAs with 24 moonmen, passing Madonna previous record of 20.[6][7]

The ceremony was shown on multiple Viacom cable networks and through smart TV and mobile devices which allow access to MTV's TV Everywhere-authenticated live stream within their app (dependent upon provider), along with MTV's website and Facebook Live.[8]

Compared to last year's show which had a lesser amount of Viacom networks simulcasting the ceremony, the 2016 ceremony's numbers showed a 35% drop across the measured networks carrying the ceremony making it the lowest rated ceremony in MTV's 32-year history beating out 1996 and 2015, totalling a cumulative 6.5 million viewers, though the network also claimed substantial additional streaming viewership across MTV apps and Facebook Live.[9] 3.3 million viewers saw the show via MTV.[10]


List of musical performances
Artist(s) Song(s)
Alessia Cara
Troye Sivan
"Wild Things"
"Scars to Your Beautiful"
Jidenna "Little Bit More"
Lukas Graham "Mama Said"
Main show
Rihanna "Don't Stop the Music"
"Only Girl (In the World)"
"We Found Love"
"Where Have You Been"
Ariana Grande
Nicki Minaj
"Side to Side"
Future "Fuck Up Some Commas"
Rihanna "Rude Boy"
"What's My Name?"
Nick Jonas
Ty Dolla $ign
Beyoncé "Pray You Catch Me"
"Hold Up"
"Don't Hurt Yourself"
Britney Spears
"Make Me..."
"Me, Myself & I"
Rihanna "Needed Me"
"Pour It Up"
"Bitch Better Have My Money"
The Chainsmokers
Rihanna "Stay"
"Love on the Brain"



Main show

Winners and nominees

This year's nominees were presented on July 26, 2016, on MTV's Facebook page live.[3][11][12]

Video of the Year

Beyoncé — "Formation"

Best Male Video

Calvin Harris (featuring Rihanna) — "This Is What You Came For"

Best Female Video

Beyoncé — "Hold Up"

Best New Artist


Best Pop Video

Beyoncé — "Formation"

Best Rock Video

Twenty One Pilots — "Heathens"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Drake — "Hotline Bling"

Best Electronic Video

Calvin Harris and Disciples — "How Deep Is Your Love"

Best Collaboration Video

Fifth Harmony (featuring Ty Dolla Sign) — "Work from Home"

Breakthrough Long Form Video


Best Direction

Beyoncé — "Formation" (Director: Melina Matsoukas)

Best Choreography

Beyoncé — "Formation" (Choreographers: Chris Grant, JaQuel Knight and Dana Foglia)

Best Visual Effects

Coldplay — "Up&Up" (Visual Effects: Vania Heymann and GloriaFX)

Best Art Direction

David Bowie — "Blackstar" (Art Director: Jan Houllevigue)

Best Editing

Beyoncé — "Formation" (Editor: Jeff Selis)

Best Cinematography

Beyoncé — "Formation" (Director of Photography: Malik Sayeed)

Song of Summer

Fifth Harmony (featuring Fetty Wap) — "All in My Head (Flex)"

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award



  1. "Mark Your Calendars — The 2016 VMAs Will Air On …". MTV News. October 21, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2016.
  2. Greenwald, Morgan (April 21, 2016). "MTV VMAs to Be Held at Madison Square Garden for the First Time". Billboard. Retrieved April 21, 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Beyonce, Adele Lead Nominees for 2016 MTV Video Music Awards". Billboard. Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  4. "Rihanna Is Your 2016 VMA Video Vanguard". MTV News. August 11, 2016. Retrieved August 11, 2016.
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/britney-spears-is-ready-to-make-history-at-the-vmas-9-years-after-disastrous-performance_us_57b33b2ae4b0863b0284f09a
  6. "MTV VMAs 2016: the MTV Video Music Awards – as it happened". Guardian. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  7. "Britney can't come close to matching Beyoncé's fire at MTV VMAs". Los Angeles Times. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  8. http://variety.com/2016/digital/news/vma-2016-live-stream-watch-online-mtv-video-music-awards-1201846193/
  9. O'Conell, Michael (August 29, 2016). "MTV VMAs Ratings Drop Again, Draw 6.5 Million Viewers Across Nets". Billboard. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  10. "MTV Considers VMA Changes Because of Audience Shift". Billboard. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  11. "VMAs 2016: See the Full List of Winners". Billboard. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  12. "MTV Video Music Awards: List of Winners". The Hollywood Reporter. August 28, 2016. Retrieved August 31, 2016.

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