Just because Beyonce served all types of slay at the 2016 VMA’s and she probably snatched your edges bald and set your favs career on fire all while winning eight out of eleven nominations, I felt like I should dedicate one post to her.
So Beyonce arrived the white carpet with her entourage (the lemonade cast) and her dress was fresh off the runway. Now this dress was excellent an embellished greyish blue sequined dress but I wasn’t here for the neck piece from the front but looking at it from the back?! I was just like “you better snatch those wigs BEY!!” she took her black power statement to another level just like what she did at the BET awards red carpet. This time she came along with mothers of police brutality victims Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Oscar Grant. Blue Ivy was definitely no exception to the entourage and baby girl has become the little diva, some people say she was even dressed better than her mother (what do you think? Leave a comment down below).
So Serena Williams came up and I was already in a mess of emotions because I didn’t know what to expect at all but I knew It was going to be nothing but greatness. At this point you already know I was a mess, my hands were shaking and I was trying to take notes but once she came on the screen and I heard “I tried to make a home out of you, but doors lead to trap doors” I gave up. Beyonce stood on that stage looking like she just dropped from heaven in that white couture fur cape which was the over garment to her white lace gown with her wide brim white fedora hat.
The spoken word continues as the words are displayed over her chest and simultaneously on the screen behind her. She opened her mouth “you can taste the dishonesty its all over your breath” for the first time she sang “pray you catch me” live and it was beautiful. She was clear, her vocals were perfect as usual and in that moment I was wondering what I had been watching before she came on. She continues singing and her back-up dancers are now brought into light. They begin to fall one by one into a pool of red light signifying them being shot (this represents the black men and women who have been fatal victims of police brutality). She remains the last one standing on stage, moving forward a man wearing a black hoodie walks up behind her (representing Trayvon Martin) in an attempt to prevent her from being shot before the stage fades to black.
The spoken word begins yet again as she transitions from Pray You Catch Me to Hold Up (Denial). Obviously the good sis is no longer in her white cape, she adorns herself in a black lace leotard which easily made its way to one of the best costumes of the night. While singing her vocals are clean and clear almost exactly how it sounds on the track. Immediately after the first verse she skips to the bridge which leads us to an amazing yet fleeting countdown dance break (almost lost my mind at this point). In true diva fashion she ended that segment by smashing one of MTV’s cameras.
Next up we have my fave spoken word from the album“so what are you gonna say at my funeral now that you’ve killed? Here lies the body of the love of my life who’s heart I broke without a gun to my hand”. She makes her way to her backup dancers who are awaiting her. The part where she says “ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks” was even more intense with her dancers throwing up literal dust in the air. Sorry begins and Y’all know this song is a mad bop! I was just vibing with the Queen and having the time of my life in my sitting room. You know the good sis came to slay us with visuals and choreography.
Don’t Hurt Yourself is next and you know mami had to have her fur on. You know she went all out for this song, cussing and giving us that Sasha fierce spice. After the first few lines theres a little twerk dance break which was just GOLD. She moves to centre stage completely owning it while making every other performance of the night look like a joke. She is then literally a fire breathing dragon surrounded by a ring of fire. Formation comes on and you know I don’t have to talk too much, her vocals were on point, she started with a different arrangement added some new choreography, she pooched the fuck out of that and murdered that performance.
Beyonce won 8 awards that night (including video of the year & best female video) making her the most awarded artist in VMA history. I think at this point it’s safe to say that Beyonce is yet to meet a stage that she cannot conquer and to the people who say that Beyonce always does the same thing I suggest you take trip down memory lane and digest all of her 6 different Eras. Beyonce is the embodiment of greatness and has set the bar for performances around the world, she finds a way to out do herself every time she graces a stage and the 2016 VMA’s can attest to that.
Thank You all for reading as always, forgive me for the late post (internet issues). Let me know your thoughts in the comment section down below below. Always remember to share, like and please follow my blog if you like to be up-to-date.
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