Beyonce steals the show at MTV VMAs with a 15-minute Lemonade concert

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Beyonce just owned the night at the MTV VMAs.

The singer, who is the most nominated artist of the evening on Sunday at the 2016 MTV VMAs, took the stage for what fans figured would be one song -- and then she didn't leave the stage for nearly 15 minutes. Queen Bey treated the audience to a full concert of her hits from her visual album "Lemonade" and it was absolutely incredible from start to finish.

She kicked things off with her song, "Pray You Catch Me." As she performed, women around her were gunned down in a sea of red lights. It was a heartbreaking yet poignant way to begin the evening.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce accepts the Best Female Video award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce accepts the Best Female Video award during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/MTV1617/Getty Images for MTV)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce accepts an award onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Kane/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce Knowles accepts an award from U.S. Olympic gymanstic team at the 2016 MTV Music Video Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce accepts an award onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Beyonce accepts the award for 'Video of the Year' onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Jimmy Fallon presents Beyonce with 'Video of the Year' for 'Formation' onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Next, the 34-year-old singer kicked things up a notch with "They Don't Love You Like I Do," and she danced her way across the stage riling everyone up as she moved to "Hold Up" and started swinging her signature bat. And that's when things got fun as she put a dent in the camera filming her with her bat.

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Then she danced her way right into "Sorry" and "Don't Hurt Yourself." The mogul left everything on the stage as she made her way across the stage with nearly 20 dancers beside her in a sea of flames.

She closed out the performance with "Formation" -- and when it was all said and done -- Beyonce dropped the mic. Literally.

She said she came there to slay and she most certainly did.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Britney Spears attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

 Kim Kardashian West perfected the "I just jumped out of bed look" with a sheer, black dress that was falling off one shoulder. She polished off the sexy style with a set of strappy heels and Sheer Fantasy from Essie's new Gel Couture line on her nails.

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Ashley Graham flashed her undies in a sexy, sheer gunmental gown with intricate beaded embroidery. A cropped new 'do and glam makeup completed her bombshell look.

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Talk about a taut tummy! Ariana Grande showed off her sleek physique in a set of black slacks and a ruffled crop top. She wore her hair up in her signature sky-high ponytail. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Talk about a scene stealer. Nicki Minaj oozed sexiness and glamour in a midnight blue gown with sexy sheer panels and plunging cutouts. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
She's the queen bee! Beyonce channeled a fairytale princess at the 2016 MTV VMA Awards in a sparkling, feather dress with sheer panels! She made sure her daughter, Blue Ivy, was dressed to theme as well in a pretty tutu like dress and crown!  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Meet Bey's crew! Beyonce and her guests, who all wore varying shades of nude, brown and had lots of sparkling frocks, looked pretty as can be! (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Fifth Harmony definitely went for dressed to kill ensembles!  Normandi Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello and Lauren Jauregui all played with cutouts and patterns in their black ensembles.

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Model Heidi Klum looked like the picture of summer in this floral minidress with sparkling embellishments. Her tanned legs are impossible not to stare at! (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Kanye West rocked an all-white ensemble and some cool kicks. Perhaps he and Nick Cannon coordinated their looks ahead of time?  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys looked every inch the A-list couple as they made their way down the white carpet. Alicia wnet for a bohemian vibe with this multi-tiered dress, which is a departure from her normal style. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Halsey put her best foot forward in a sheer, white jumpsuit that left little to the imagination. She added a set of sparkling heels and wore her hair down in sexy waves. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Nick Jonas gave us some serious retro vibes in this jacket with a dizzying pattern and a set of well-fitted pants. 

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We have no idea what Nick Cannon was going or with this all-white ensemble.

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Singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld nailed her red carpet look with a cool, patterned minidress and her hair down in pretty waves. We love the bright pattern. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Like a boss! Amber Rose kept things simple and sleek in a black suit with a plunging neckline that showed off her bra. She polished off the look with a set of shades. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Rita Ora went for a burlesque meets biker chick style with a sheer corset and leather jacket. Are you a fan of the look? 

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Sean Diddy Combs had wings to fly with in his black ensemble that had a bat-like addition. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Model Naomi Campbell defied age in a mint green mini dress with a cool neckline. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
This is a nice change! Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi looked lovely in a sparkling, sequined dress. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Kal Penn was no muss no fuss with blue slacks and a blazer. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Quite the fashion-forward actor! Ansel Elgort went for a wild style with a jacket with chains and some funky pants. What do you think of the futuristic style? 

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Musician Kevin Garrett kept it simple in a blue jacket and jeans. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)

He's the gold standard! Olympian Michael Phelps and his fiancee, Nicole Johnson got gussied up for the award show. Johnson took the plunge in a black jumpsuit and it looked great. 

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Host Alicia Quarles rocked a form-fitting, off-the-shoulder dress. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
Kim K.'s bestie Jonathan Cheban brought some color to the red carpet in a turquoise top. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Golden girls! Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Simone Biles all looked super pretty and fabulous in minidresses in jewel tones. We love Raisman's sheer Haley Paige dress with white flowers and Simon's pretty red dress from Sherri Hill! 

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Red hot! Singer Tinashe looked sultry in this silky, red jumpsuit with a pretty scarf. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
"Teen Mom" star Jenelle Evans covered her baby belly in a gorgeous nude dress with an empire neckline. She wore her hair in a gorgeous sideswept 'do. She definitely has the pregnancy glow! (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Jaden Smith is no stranger to experimental fashions -- and he played up his cool style with a unique trench coat.(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Rapper Fabolous brought an adorable date to his big night. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Singer Bebe Rexha  looked almost identical to Kim Kardashian in a sparkling crop top and nude boots. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com)
Whoa! That's definitely a fashion statement! Nev Schulman, pregnant wife Laura Perlongo  totally stole the show when she showed up on the red carpet in a jacket -- sans blouse -- showing off her nude, pregnant body. body.  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
Jay Pharoah kept things cool in black slacks and a gray wool jacket. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)

Justine Skye definitely had reason to twirl! How much do you love her cool fringe dress? 

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Ty Dolla Sign went for a shirtless suit combo. What do you think of thelook?  (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
"Teen Mom" star Gary Shirley didn't exactly dress up for the show -- he just wore shorts and a polo shirt. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
While we'll give points to Michelle Buteau for going for a cool cape, the jacket dress isn't out favorite look of the night. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Kent Jones was giving us serious warlock vibes with his hoodie. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
Former boy bander Lance Bass opted for a fun bowling jacket and a skinny tie for the night out. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Lance Bass' jacket made a serious statement -- "Love Trumps Hate." (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Model Taylor Marie Hill attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Comedians Mamrie Hart (L) and Grace Helbig attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Recording artist JoJo attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Jake Miller perfected the blazer look with this gray coat and skinny jeans.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Actress Dascha Polanco attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Lilliana Vazquez was looking super cool in a set of patterned pants and a billowing, strapless top. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Holland Roden loved cape-like looks and she kept to her signature style with this white cape and jumpsuit combo. She added plum lipstick to amp up the dramatic style.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Carly Steel looked a bit like she was heading to prom -- right? (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Comedian Kingsley took the hem up a notch in a shorts tuxedo. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Record producer DJ Khaled looked very handsome and slick in his navy tuxedo. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
"Teen Wolf" actress Shelley Hennig sizzled in a silver dress with sexy cutouts. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Model Hailey Baldwin attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
"SNL" star Sasheer Zamata was red hot in a flirty, ruffled cocktail dress. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Myke Wright was definitely the essence of cool in a bomber jacket. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
The cast of Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars and Frankie Grande definitely put on a bright display. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Frankie Grande jumped for joy in a black tuxedo jacket and jeans. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Sara Haines opted for a skintight, lavender, pearlescent dress. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Franchesca Ramsey looked lovely in a bright tangerine dress. 

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Lizzo mixed sparkles and feathers for the night out. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
There's a pattern we haven't seen before! Robert Sepulveda Jr. rocked a cool printed suit and a serious chain. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
 Designer Jeremy Scott and model Stella Maxwell rocked some seriously cool and wild pantsuits. The shirtless tux trend seems to be a hit t his year. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Comedian Scout Durwood added some fanciful flair with her red corset dress and a set of black gloves. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Liam Attridge, Emery Kelly and Ricky Garcia of Forever In Your Mind looked casual and cute in corresponding outfits. 

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Singer Troye Sivan rocked a black blazer and skinny jeans.  

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Sparkling lady! Laura Marano added some sparkling punch in a silver, sequined dress with sheer cutouts. 

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Model Winnie Harlow looked incredible in a tulle, one-shoulder gown with multiple overlays. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/FilmMagic)
Jidenna rocked a sleek tunic with cropped pants and loafers. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

"Teen Mom" star Farrah Abraham was clearly feeling powerful -- and might have been a little early for Halloween -- because she dressed up as Wonder Woman. 

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Tove Lo channeled every girls inner-thoughts, aka, must wear incredible dress with kicks! 

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Nicole Byer had somer seriously cool kicks to match her black dress with sheer sleeves. 

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Carly Aquilino of Girl Code looked equal parts sexy and sophisticated in a nude, silk dress with matching heels.

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Flo Rida was also apparently getting into the superhero theme -- like Farrah -- and rocked a Superman shirt and metallic blue dress. 

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Model Joan Smalls showed off her super fit body in a leather crop top and a set of black, flared pants. 

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Actor Shameik Moore was apparently ready for a pretty serious storm. 

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 Rappers Fat Joe and Remy Ma put on their best for the night out. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV.com)
 Rapper Desiigner also went for the shirtless tux trend. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Chloe Bailey and Halle Bailey were a part of Beyonce's squad for the evening. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Actress Selenis Leyva went for a two-piece ensemble that showed off a flash of her tummy. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Jenni 'JWoww' Farley looked like an entirely different person in this slinky black dress with sheer panels. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
This one is a head-scratcher! Producer Lucas Goodman and singer Jillian Hervey of Lion Babe rocked some bizarre looks -- wouldn't you agree? (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Baddie Winkle out on her typical show with an out-there outfit. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
2 Chainz added some flair to his shirt with tribal-like detailing. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Future put some sass into his suit with polka-dots. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Chanel West Coast put together some leather and lace for her look! (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Jordan Fisher kept it cool with some jeans and a bomber jacket (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Nessa added a bit of lace to her LBD. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Cole Whittle, Joe Jonas, JinJoo Lee, Jack Lawless of DNCE didn't coordinate their outfits, but they did look pretty cool. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, and Michael Bivins of Bell Biv DeVoe rocked some black and white ensembles. We love all their hats (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Ellie Soufi nearly blended in with the carpet with her white lace skirt and crop top. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Andrew Taggart, left, and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers were casually sophisticated in blazers with skinny fit jeans (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
 Cody Longo gets points for wearing a suit, but we can't say we're a particular fan of this Rat Pack style. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Chance The Rapper almost looked like the beige Luigi in his overalls and hat. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Travis Mills had the coolest, pointy toe shoes ever. Wouldn't you agree?  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
 Zara Larsson's emerald green dress featured structured sleeves and a plunging neckline. We love the modern look. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Alessia Cara kept things casual in jeans. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
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