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Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards.

The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumours surrounding her marriage.

There was no better option for a closing performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards than the queen herself, Beyoncé. On Sunday night (August 25), she took viewers on an emotional journey with a well-orchestrated medley from her recent, self-titled album, that ended with tears as she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from her husband Jay Z.

Bey’s set began on a very emotional note, with the cameras zoomed in tightly on her face, as she sang “Mine” surrounded by dancers with porcelain skin, and slowly transitioned into “Haunted.” Her first few songs were the most soul-baring of the night, as she continued with “No Angel” and “Jealous,” emphasizing the weight of all those lyrics. And while those emotions came pouring out, the dancers around her went through several outfit changes, to fit the mood of each track.

By the time Bey got to “Blow,” things started to heat up. For this number, she and her dancers lined up cabaret style, with the word “Cherry” lit up behind her in neon letters (you know, “turn that cherry out”) and she really began to put her hips into it. With the lights hitting that bedazzled fitted bodysuit, it was nothing short of mesmerizing.

And, of course, when “Drunk in Love” came on the crowd really started to lose their composure. Bey was posted up on a set of steps, surrounded by dancers who were in headstands around her, only giving the audience a great rare view…if you know what I mean. Eventually Bey sauntered down the stage for that “surfboard” grind and the cameras cut to Taylor Swift getting busy in the audience.

Photos: GETTY Images

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