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Beyonce Was a Force of Nature at the VMAs

Watch her 15-minute performance

Sadie Gennis

It should come as no surprise that Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. Not only did Queen Bey take home a total of 8 Moon Men, but she also used the ceremony as an opportunity to showcase herself as both an artist and an activist in a powerful 15-minute performance.

Beyonce, who walked the red carpet earlier that night with the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant, began her Lemonade medley with "Pray You Catch Me," a somber opening number that featured Bey surrounded by women being shot dead and a black man in a hoodie catching the singer as she fell.

Bey then moved on to "Hold Up," "Sorry" and "Don't Hurt Yourself," snarling, strutting and cursing her way through the three brutally honest songs about her husband Jay Z's alleged affair.

She closed the show - and unlike the other performances of the night, Bey's actually was a show - with "Formation," ending it surrounded by women arranged on the floor in the Venus symbol. "Thank you, ladies!" Beyonce declared before the curtains closed, showing us all how it's done.

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