Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

VMAs: Who Took Home the Top Prizes?

Plus: Drake makes things awkward

Liam Mathews

Awards get distributed at the MTV Video Music Awards, but the show is not really about that. It's really about the moments. And one of the top moments this year was Drake's speech as he presented Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Drake and Rihanna are two of the four most important people in pop music in 2016 (the other two, Beyoncé and Kanye West, were also there), and one of pop culture's preeminent power couples. He reminisced on meeting her back in 2005 and celebrated how far they've come. Then it got awkward.

"She's someone I've been in love with since I was 22 years old," and went in for a kiss on the lips after handing her the trophy, which she deflected to her neck.
It was such a perfect Drake and Rihanna moment, where he's awkward and earnest and she's cool and above-it-all.

Drake and Rihanna, 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Drake and Rihanna, 2016 MTV Video Music Awards

Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Anyway, some folks won awards. Here they are.

Video of the Year: Beyoncé - "Formation"

Best Female Video: Adele - "Hello"

Best Male Video: Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna - "This Is What You Came For"

Best Collaboration: Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign - "Work From Home"

Best Hip Hop Video: Drake - "Hotline Bling"

Best Pop Video: Beyoncé - "Formation"

Best Rock Video: twenty one pilots - "Heathens"

Best Electronic Video: Calvin Harris & Disciples - "How Deep Is Your Love"

Breakthrough Long Form Video: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Best New Artist: DNCE

Song of the Summer: Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap - "All In My Head (Flex)"

Check out the full list of winners and nominees here (via Billboard).