Beyonce has topped the winners list at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards scoring a string of top honours, including video of the year for her politically charged song, Formation and best female video.
The 34-year-old superstar led all nominees heading into the show with 11 nods for her groundbreaking Lemonade album and short film.
And she quickly racked up the prizes, earning best choreography, best direction, best cinematography, and best editing for Formation, which she performed as part of a show-stopping Lemonade medley.
Formation earned Beyonce the coveted video of the year title, which she dedicated to the residents of New Orleans, Louisiana, who have been struggling with severe flooding in recent weeks. Her best female video win was for Hold Up.
With her multiple victories, she broke the record for most VMAs with 21 wins, surpassing the previous title holder Madonna, who has a total of 20 Moonman trophies.
Rihanna was another big winner at the VMAs, which she opened with the first of four performances during the New York show, singing hits Only Girl (In The World), We Found Love, and Where Have You Been.
She later returned to the Madison Square Garden stage to belt out tracks like Work, Needed Me, Stay, and Diamonds before she was presented with the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by her frequent collaborator and rumoured boyfriend Drake.
He delivered a heart-warming speech hailing the R&B beauty’s achievements, declared he had been "in love" with her since he was 22, and honoured Rihanna as a "living, breathing legend in our industry".
They then shared a kiss on the cheek as Rihanna stepped up to accept the special Moonman award, which she celebrated as "such an amazing moment" in her career.
The Bajan star then went on to thank her longtime fans, saying: "My success, it started as my dream, but now my success is not my own; it’s my family’s, it’s my fans, it’s my country’s, it’s the Caribbean as a whole, it’s women, it’s black women.
"So many people feel like their little piece is such a major part of this puzzle and I have to thank you guys for supporting me, over and over…"
The Video Vanguard award wasn’t her only win of the night – she also helped Calvin Harris claim the best male video title for their latest collaboration, This Is What You Came For.
Drake won best hip-hop video for his hit number Hotline Bling. The best collaboration honour went to girlband Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign for Work From Home.
The group’s number "All In My Head (Flex)" featuring Fetty Wap also won them song of summer.
David Bowie’s Blackstar was named best art direction.
English boyband Coldplay won best visual effects for "Up&Up."
DNCE took home the best new artist honour.
Other performance highlights came from Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and rapper G-Eazy, and Nick Jonas, who took over Manhattan’s Tick Tock Diner for a rendition of Bacon with Ty Dolla Sign.