MTV VMAs 2014: Blue Ivy and Jay Z present Beyonce with Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award
The singer's set saw her perform in front of a stained glass window and a neon 'Feminist' sign
Beyoncé broke down in tears as she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, presented to her by husband Jay Z and her baby daughter Blue Ivy.
Of course, it was her performance at the MTV VMAs 2011 that saw her rip open her tuxedo jacket to reveal to the world for the first time that she was pregnant with her first child.
And no-one looked more impressed than Blue did as she watched her mother take to the stage from her father’s lap:
The set lasted a total of 15 minutes and included a number of Beyonce's most famous hits, including Drunk in Love and Blue - dedicated to her young daughter
Video: Jay Z and Blue present Beyonce with Vanguard award
Video: Beyonce's show-stopping 15-minute performance
Viewers watching the performance live in the States were equally as impressed, if their reactions on Twitter were anything to go by:
Beyoncé could throw up on stage and it will still be flawless.Matthew Espinosa (@TheMattEspinosa) August 25, 2014
When Beyoncé started crying, I literally was an emotional wreck.Beysus † Godga (@GagaLovesBey) August 25, 2014
Everyone that performed before Beyoncé pic.twitter.com/cbNGzE7WBHDerek Hanson (@RealDerekHanson) August 25, 2014
Beyoncé had everyone like pic.twitter.com/CZtvzk0jhiHoodrat Stuff (@hoodratss) August 25, 2014
beyonce could've sang buckwild and she still would've been better than everyone elsesydney (@hardlyniall) August 25, 2014
Earlier on in the evening, Nicki Minaj’s performance raised eyebrows after she suffered a wardrobe malfunction midway through her duet with Ariana Grande and Jessie J on "Bang Bang".
Video: Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J perform
A particularly poor pictorial tribute to Robin Williams came under heavy criticism, while Miley Cyrus eschewed her usual hyper-sexualised performance to allow a homeless youth to accept her Video of the Year award for "Wrecking Ball".
Previous winners of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award include Madonna, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.
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