*The Mothers of the Movement were front and center on the white carpet of Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, thanks to Beyonce.
In a bold statement against police shootings, Bey brought the mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Oscar Grant to the event. All four men were murdered, with Brown, Garner and Grant fatally shot by police. Martin was shot and killed by wannabe cop, George Zimmerman.
All the women (except Grant’s mom) appeared in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” video for “Freedom,” holding pictures of their deceased sons.
Beyonce went on to break the VMA record for most wins. Her best female video win for “Hold Up” put her over the top at 21.
The previous record holder was Madonna, who has won 20 VMAs, most recently the award for best cinematography for “Beautiful Stranger” in 1999. Beyonce went into Sunday night’s awards show with 16 Moonmen and was nominated for 11 awards, a career best.
Earlier in the night, Beyonce won Moonmen for best choreography, direction, cinematography and editing. She later won the top prize of video of the year, for “Formation,” which she dedicated to the people of New Orleans. She also won the VMA for best longform video for “Lemonade” as well as best pop video for “Formation.” The pop superstar took home eight awards in total on Sunday night, tying Lady Gaga’s record for the most wins in one night by a female solo artist in VMA history.