Beyoncé made a powerful statement about police brutality and the value of black lives on the VMA red carpet Sunday night, and she did it all without saying a word.
Mere hours before she would literally set fire to the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards stage at Madison Square Garden, Beyoncé arrived on the New York venue’s red carpet with an entourage that included four women who have lost their sons to violence, The Root reports.
Standing on either side of the 34-year-old musician, who wore a beaded and feathered celestial blue gown by Francesco Scognamiglio, were Gwen Carr, Lesley McSpadden, and Wanda Johnson, whose sons—Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Oscar Grant—were killed by police officers while unarmed. Sybrina Fulton, whose son—Trayvon Martin—was shot and killed while unarmed by self-appointed vigilante George Zimmerman in 2012, also stood alongside the inimitable entertainer.
Carr, McSpadden, and Fulton had previously appeared in Lemonade, the 60-minute short film that accompanied the April release of Beyoncé’s sixth studio album of the same name. The singer’s VMA entourage also included model Winnie Harlow, musical duo Chloe x Halle, Academy Award-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis, and other women and girls who were featured in the visual, which won the VMA for Breakthrough Long Form Video later that night.
Beyoncé also made a separate appearance on the red carpet with her 4-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter. This was Blue’s very first red carpet appearance, according to MTV News.
Later in the night, Beyoncé
left me fucked up and speechless performed an incredible medley of songs from Lemonade that included “Pray You Catch Me,” “Hold Up,” “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” “Sorry,” and “Formation.” She also took home eight Moonmen (Video of the Year, Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, Breakthrough Long Form Video, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography) making her the biggest winner of the night and the most awarded artist in VMA history with a record 22 Video Music Awards to her name.