Beyoncé marked her fifth MTV Video Music Awards performance with a medley of songs from her self-titled surprise album. The set included somber reflection, sex appeal, and surfboardts. Though fans were mesmerized, does last night’s performance go down as Bey’s best VMA set yet?
Last night’s ceremony was a fantastic night of music, celebrities, lights, and (of course), butts. Lots and lots of butts.
Many of them were in Beyonce’s epic 16-minute performance! Queen Bey’s always brought the heat to the Video Music Awards, but she’s definitely grown since first taking the stage in 2003. Now that Yoncé has nabbed the Video Vanguard honor, we’ve decide to look back on her body of performance work, ranking her sets from worst to best.
5. “Baby Boy” and “Crazy In Love” medley (2003)
Beyoncé established herself as a solo artist back in `03, having left Destiny’s Child behind. Few doubted she’d be successful on her own, but fans had yet to see the level of Bey’s motivation. The singer took the stage at the 2003 VMAs by first descending from the rafters. The set was ambitious, but not enough to catapult Beyoncé to global status. Bringing Jay Z out during “Crazy In Love” was a treat, but the gal had a long ways to go from that point.
4. “Ring The Alarm,” 2006
Beyoncé’s second VMA performance showed how far she’d come since first launching her solo career. Her live rendition of “Ring The Alarm” called for ferocity, which she packed into a military inspired dance sequence. Though the moves were complex, they pale in comparison to her later work. It’s obvious Bey hadn’t come close to her full potential.