7 Must-See Moments When Women Dominated the 2016 Video Music Awards

If there's one thing to take away from award shows past and present, it's that female artists consistently have some of the best and most talked about performances. And this year's MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) was no exception.

Whether they're making a statement, spreading a message, or showcasing their talent, these fierce females give us countless reasons to believe in feminism. To sum it up: girls (and women) run the world — and the stage.

Click through the gallery above to see some highlights from MTV's 2016 VMAs.

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Beyoncé and daughter Blue Ivy stole the runway with the help of protegés Chloe and Halle and the "Mothers of the [Black Lives Matter] Movement." Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

As always, Beyoncé did not leave the stunning to the red carpet. Performing a medley of songs from her "Lemonade" album, she left the audience with a variety of emotions. And in the end, her ladies were in formation — creating a giant female symbol with their bodies. Not unlike the time she ended her performance like this: via GIPHY Photo Credit: Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV

After several performances highlighting a few of her most popular hits, from "Don't Stop the Music" to "We Found Love," Rihanna proved that she is stronger than ever in an emotional trio of songs — "Stay," "Diamonds," and "Love On the Brain." Photo Credit: Noam Galai/FilmMagic

If anyone can prove that it's never too late for a comeback, it's Britney Spears. Rocking a sparkly yellow outfit with matching knee-high boots, Spears performed her latest single "Make Me" off her new album "Glory." Photo Credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Leave it to Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj to push boundaries in an important way. The two called attention to feminism through sexuality in an empowering way. "Seeing two proud women standing on an international stage evoking their sexuality in a powerful way is the anti-slut shaming message this country, this society, and so many men, need," an article from Romper states. And their performance was definitely that. Photo Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage

In a continuation of her no-makeup movement, Alicia Keys stunned at the VMAs, flawlessly proving that makeup is not what it takes to grab an audience's attention. Photo Credit: Noam Galai/FilmMagic

Though the 2016 Olympiad is over, we still cannot get enough of the "Final Five" USA Gymnastics Team — and neither could MTV. Presenting Beyoncé with the award for Best Female Video, four members of the crew, Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and Laurie Hernandez proudly represented Team USA. Photo Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson