Despite all of the annoying "hosts" and Key and Peele's stupid jokes, the night that we've all been waiting for was a success. Not only did the MTV Video Music Awards show take place in the best city on earth, New York City, it was filled with great performers and messages that screamed, "GIRL POWER," that gave every woman around the world life.
Here are 7 moments that showed that "GIRL POWER" was the theme of the night:
1. When Rihanna opened up the show with her swag walk across the stage (flawlessly in all pink) during her first performance. She continuously slayed with all four of her performances, which led to her receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
2. When Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj banded together and had a little fun insinuating every girl's guilty pleasure with two of the male dancers at the end of their performance. YES GIRLS!
3. When Alicia Keys performed a poem in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was about unity among everyone, including men and women, while on stage presenting an award for the Best Male Video.
4. After painfully waiting for Kanye West to finish his "speech" and to get on with introducing his new visual, we were all blessed by Teyana Taylor's hot, post-baby bod in Kanye's "Fade" video. While dancing in the video, which showed the strength of her body while doing what she loved, her husband-to-be, Iman Shumpert, and their 8-month-old daughter, Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr., made a cameo to show that she is the lioness that protects and provides for her family. YOU BETTA WORK!
5. When Beyonce performed songs off of her recent album, "Lemonade," and made a shoutout to all women, after her "Formation" performance, with the Venus symbol for women (or was it a dedication to Prince?). 'Nuff said. GIRL POWER *inserts fist in the air here.*
6. When Britney Spears showed that she got her groove back. She showed her strength by making a comeback with her performance after overcoming so many obstacles in life. PUSH THROUGH, BRITNEY!
7. And last, but certainly not least, when RiRi received her Vanguard Award from her bae, Drake. With the overload of cuteness and him professing his love for her on national television and to thousands of people in the audience, this Bad Gyal dedicated her success to women the best way she knows how: by keeping it 100. WE LOVE YOU, RIH RIH!
"This is the first Vanguard to land anywhere close to my country. And so you know, 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 the Caribbean as a whole. It's women's, it's black women's. So many people feel like their little piece is such a major part of this puzzle, and I have to thank you all for supporting me over and over."