By Jon Wiederhorn

Arguably the greatest VMA performance of all time, Beyoncé’s 15-minute-long Lemonade medley was a demonstration of the power of live theater (it was theater) and the talent of one of today’s brightest shining pop stars.

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Queen Bey took the stage after a glowing introduction from tennis superstar Serena Williams, who made a cameo in the long form Lemonade video. Then, the pop hero performed five of the songs from the mini-film, which earlier in the night took the Moonman for “Breakthrough Longform Video.”

She started with “Pray You Catch Me” and segued into “Hold Up,” which climaxed as she swung a baseball bat into a camera, knocking it to the ground and cracking the lens. Next came “Sorry” and “Hurt Yourself” before Beyoncé concluded her performance with “Formation,” as flames erupted around her.

Watch the entire performance below.


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