Even though music videos are no longer in heavy rotation on MTV, the network still celebrates the visual art form at the annual Video Music Awards.
We have Beyoncé to thank for reminding us why music videos still matter. The singer’s Lemonade will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the best visual albums (sip on that, Kanye!). From “Formation” to “Freedom,” she served up compelling imagery and countless hairstyles. Adele, who, like Queen Bey, racked up most of the MTV VMA nominations, made an epic return with “Hello.” The British superstar proved once again in the accompanying video for the moody record that no one does a cat eye quite like she does.
But these two powerhouse vocalists aren’t the only ones to bless us with influential beauty moments. Scroll down below for 11 GIF-tastic hair and beauty looks from this year’s MTV VMA nominees.
Beyoncé’s Blond, Waist-Length Cornrows in ‘Formation’
God bless celebrity hairstylist Kim Kimble and the many, many packs of hair extensions she had to use to pull off this glorious braided hairstyle.
Adele’s Slick Cat Eye and Bangin’ Blowout in ‘Hello’
Fact: We will never be able to draw on our cat-eye liner as perfectly as Adele. Her having flawless hair while singing about a breakup makes us even more envious.
Drake’s Tapered Fade Haircut and Full Beard in ‘Hotline Bling’
Fellas, take note. THIS is how you grow and groom a beard.
Justin Bieber’s Video Girls’ Bright Lips and ’90s Hair in ‘Sorry’
Between the jerseys, big hoop earrings and matte lips, this music video screams ’90s dance party.
Rihanna’s Blunt Bob, Gold Glitter Eye Shadow and Hunter Green Lipstick in ‘Work’
When you’re winding and grinding up on Drake, you’re going to need a beauty look like RiRi’s that screams dancehall queen.
FKA Twigs’s Baby Hairs and Metallic Gray Eyeshadow in ‘M3LL155X’
No cultural appropriation here! The electro-pop artist took baby hairs to the next level with expertly crafted curls.
Gigi Hadid’s Bondage Ponytal in Zayn’s “Pillowtalk”
It’s pretty clear that Gigi has Zayn wrapped around her finger just as tightly as the black vinyl holder on her high pony.
Fergie’s Blond Bombshell Waves and Coral Lipstick in ‘M.I.L.F. $’
Fergie can have all of our “M.I.L.F. $” if she can give us the secrets to sexy mama beauty.
Ariana Grande’s Half-Up, Half-Down Curly Hairdo in ‘Let Me Love You’
Sure, Ariana is still giving us Mariah Carey circa “Daydream” vibes. But at least she’s owning the look.
Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane Hansen’s Braided Ponytail and Wispy Bangs in ‘Work From Home’
Sassy and sweet, Dinah Jane’s braided hairstyle (and outfit) is something we would’ve sported on the first day back to school.
Demi Lovato’s Jet Black, Messy Bob and Pointy Nails in Fall Out Boy’s ‘Irresistible’
Dear Demi, we love when you do Goth glam. That is all.