Beyoncé Is Everything

Every time Beyoncé walks out onto a stage, the universe lurches (or maybe that's just me falling over, because I literally cannot handle her). At the MTV Video Music Awards, Bey was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which commends the work of artists with groundbreaking music videos. (She's joining the ranks of such visionaries as David Bowie and Madonna.) We all know that the video component to Beyoncé's 2013 self-titled album was nothing short of brilliant. It's great to see the entire scope of her artistry get the recognition it deserves.

That said, a live Beyoncé performance is the pretty much the greatest thing ever, and the VMAs were no exception. It wasn't her most dance-y show (though we spotted Les Twins, and her other dancers certainly didn't disappoint)—it was more about her ability to radiate raw, pop-diva power while still coming across as a humble person. Check out all her flawlessness below.

 

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Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

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