Last night's MTV Video Music Awards featured no shortage of excellent moments: the premiere of the trailer for "Michael Jackson's This Is It," Madonna's speech, the performance by Janet Jackson, Jay-Z tearing the building down and Taylor Swift's fantastic romp through the New York City subway system. But the highlight of the night was the class shown by Beyoncé, who gave her acceptance speech time over to Taylor Swift after "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" took the prize for Video of the Year. Swift was denied a speech for her victory for Best Female Video because Kanye West decided to crash the party. But Beyoncé came out and talked about how excited she was the first time she won a Video Music Award, and she didn't want Swift to be denied that excitement. It was the last in a long line of fantastic moments at the show, and another feather in Beyoncé's cap.
Despite the stiff competition, "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" was a clear victor. After all, there hasn't been a video that has been that copied and parodied in quite some time, and the song itself is one that bores deep into the gray matter and refuses to leave. It was a big night for Beyoncé, as she also took home the awards for Best Choreography and Best Editing, and her performance of "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" tore the house down