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Beyoncé Brings Down the House with Must-See Lemonade Performance at the VMAs

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Eleven nominations certainly warrants a performance – and Beyoncé did not disappoint.

The pop icon surprised fans, taking the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards stage just hours after her appearance was confirmed.

Beyoncé sang hits from her smash visual album Lemonade.

The segment kicked off – after an introduction from Serena Williams – with Beyoncé looking angelic in a white feather coat as words scrolled across the screen behind her. She launched into “Pray You Catch Me” as her dancers fell to the ground behind her, one-by-one.

Shedding her jacket, Beyoncé transitioned into a lace black leotard, shimmying and twisting to hit “Hold Up” – with baseball bat in tow – after one of the poetry interludes from her video played.

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Next, dancers wearing gold latex dresses backed the star as she wished “dust to side chicks” in “Sorry.”

Queen Bey then draped her shoulders in a spotted black and white fur for “Don’t Hurt Yourself,” ending the number surrounded by flames.

Finishing out the lengthy medley, Beyoncé performed “Formation” with female dancers clad in matching black over-the-knee boots. The star and her backup dancers also organized themselves into feminist formation to recreate the symbol for women with their bodies.

Unsurprisingly, the performance earned huge cheers from the Madison Square Garden audience. She later accepted the Video of the Year award for “Formation,” saying, “I’d like to thank my beautiful daughter and my incredible husband for all of their support.”

Beyoncé dedicated the honor to “the people of New Orleans” – where parts of Lemonade were filmed.

All the Highlights from the MTV VMAs 2016

Ahead of the show, the 34-year-old walked the red carpet with daughter Blue Ivy, as well as several of the women and girls who appeared in Lemonade.

In addition to Quvenzhané Wallis, Chloe and Halle Bailey, Ava Clarke and Winnie Harlow, the mothers of several black men killed by police violence also accompanied Beyoncé.

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton and Michael Brown’s mother, Lezley McSpadden walked alongside Eric Garner’s mother Gwen Carr and Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant. All four women appeared in Lemonade.