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The 50 Most Instantly Iconic Moments From Beyoncé's 2014 VMAs Performance


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1. We have the moment when Beyoncé's performance begins... We're in The Church of Beysus and The Mother herself is about to unleash Her Gospel upon the world.


25. She holds Her microphone to the skies and shouts, "WE BE ALL NIGHT." And everyone in the crowd is like, "YAAASS, BEYONCÉ. WE DO BE ALL NIGHT. WE DO."

27. But Beyoncé doesn't care about you or anybody you love. So she goes to her fancy "Partition" chair. She puts Her leg upon its side. And she sings into the world... "Let me sit this aaaaaaasssssss on ya."

32. But before we have time to consider how worthless we are before Her... She is swinging flawlessly along Her pole to the sounds of "Partition" and the entire audience is like, "BEYONCÉ. WE CAN'T HANDLE ANY MORE. YOU WILL KILL US."

33. AND THEN. There is the moment when she stands before the blazingly bright words of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. "FEMINIST," it blares. We are blinded.

50. And Beyoncé raises Her award into the sky, filled with gratitude and fueled by the soul of every person she's just slayed with Her very existence.

God Bless Beyoncé. God Bless the BeyMAs.

Watch the whole performance:

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