From Beyoncé slaying on the dance floor and in the award categories to Kanye West's rant and Drake professing his love for Rihanna, here's what you missed from the 2016 VMAs. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)

The MTV Video Music Awards aired Sunday night, because yes, music videos really are still a thing. As usual, the videos were the least interesting part of the night. Here’s everything you need to know:

Drake and Rihanna’s onstage … moment.

Drake and Rihanna’s relationship has long been mysterious, given that they will not officially confirm they are dating … but they’re obviously dating? So the audience went crazy when Drake suddenly showed up at the end of the telecast, presenting Rihanna with the Video Vanguard Award after she performed four separate sets during the show. Earlier in the night, Drake was absent when he won hip-hop video of the year. (Presenter Puff Daddy cracked that he was stuck in traffic.)

“She’s someone I’ve been in love with since I was 22-years-old. She’s one of my best friends in the world,” Drake beamed. Afterward, Rihanna simply went with “Thank you, Drake, for that amazing speech.” But as they walked off the stage holding hands, the crowd still freaked out.


Drake, left, presents the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)


Beyoncé performs and wins the big award.

Beyoncé’s mesmerizing performance — as she sang multiple tracks from her album “Lemonade” — included the superstar cracking the camera with a baseball bat.

Given the huge impact of her surprise album earlier this year, there was no shock that she walked away with the Video of the Year prize for “Formation.” She thanked her 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, who appeared in the video, and her husband, Jay Z, before dedicating her trophy to New Orleans, a major theme in her video. “I dedicate this award to the people of New Orleans. God bless you,” she said.

*Beyoncé meets the ‘Final Five’ Olympic gymnasts. (Minus Gabby Douglas.)

… and it was adorable.


Beyonce greets U.S. Olympic gymnasts, from left, Madison Kocian, Simone Biles and Laurie Hernandez after they present her award for best female video. Aly Raisman was also onstage, but Gabby Douglass was not. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Blue Ivy Carter.

Oh yes, Blue Ivy walked the red carpet with her mom — and stole the show.


Blue Ivy, daughter of Beyoncé, arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Kanye West’s speech.

Prior to the show, TMZ reported that Kanye West would be given four minutes to say whatever he wanted. Before introducing his new video, “Fade,” West went on a bit of a rant that included mentions of his ex, Amber Rose, and the Taylor Swift phone call that Kim Kardashian posted on Snapchat. He also invoked Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes and Walt Disney.

Here’s the annotated full transcript of what he said.


Kanye West and his speech. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Alicia Keys gave a Martin Luther King Jr. tribute.

Keys was there to present the winner of best male video, and no, she still does not appear to have broken her no-makeup vow. She took the moment to note the 53rd anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech,” and she delivered a poem, mixing recitation with a cappella singing. It began: “If war is holy, and sex is obscene, then we got it twisted in this lucid dream. Baptized in boundaries, schooled in sin, divided by differences sexuality and skin.”


Alicia Keys speaks onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Britney Spears.

Spears’s live VMAs performance — the first since her lackluster appearance in 2007 — was highly hyped but was actually pretty standard for the pop star, who pulls off similar moves during her residency in Las Vegas.


Britney Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Jimmy Fallon roasts U.S. swimmer Ryan Lochte, and Michael Phelps is incredulous. 

Fallon’s bit made fun of the swimmer for fabricating details about an alleged robbery in Rio de Janeiro, but the Internet agreed that the best part was Phelps’s reaction.


Jimmy Fallon presents the award for Video of the Year. (Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

List of winners:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Adele — “Hello”
Beyoncé — “Formation” (winner)
Drake — “Hotline Bling”
Justin Bieber — “Sorry”
Kanye West — “Famous”

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Adele — “Hello”
Beyoncé — “Hold Up” (winner)
Sia — “Cheap Thrills”
Ariana Grande — “Into You”
Rihanna ft. Drake — “Work” (short version)

BEST MALE VIDEO
Drake — “Hotline Bling”
Bryson Tiller — “Don’t”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna — “This Is What You Came For” (winner)
Kanye West — “Famous”
The Weeknd — “Can’t Feel My Face”

BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar — “Freedom”
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign — “Work From Home” (winner)
Ariana Grande ft. Lil Wayne — “Let Me Love You”
Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna — “This Is What You Came For”
Rihanna ft. Drake — “Work” (short version)

BEST HIP-HOP VIDEO
Drake — “Hotline Bling” (winner)
Desiigner — “Panda”
Bryson Tiller — “Don’t”
Chance the Rapper ft. Saba — “Angels”
2 Chainz — “Watch Out”

BEST POP VIDEO
Adele — “Hello”
Beyoncé — “Formation” (winner)
Justin Bieber — “Sorry”
Alessia Cara — “Wild Things”
Ariana Grande — “Into You”

BEST ROCK VIDEO
All Time Low — “Missing You”
Coldplay — “Adventure of a Lifetime”
Fall Out Boy ft. Demi Lovato — “Irresistible”
Twenty One Pilots — “Heathens” (winner)
Panic! At The Disco — “Victorious”

BEST ELECTRONIC VIDEO
Calvin Harris & Disciples — “How Deep Is Your Love” (winner)
99 Souls ft. Destiny’s Child & Brandy — “The Girl Is Mine”
Mike Posner — “I Took a Pill in Ibiza”
Afrojack — “SummerThing!”
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya — “Don’t Let Me Down”

BREAKTHROUGH LONG-FORM VIDEO
Florence + The Machine — “The Odyssey”
Beyoncé — “Lemonade” (winner)
Justin Bieber — “PURPOSE: The Movement”
Chris Brown — “Royalty”
Troye Sivan — “Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy”