Beyoncé ended her immediately iconic VMAs performance with a golden mic drop and a simple message on Sunday night.
After performing a medley of Lemonade songs, including “Sorry,” “Hold Up,” and “Formation,” Bey and her backup dancers organized themselves into literal feminist formation to recreate the symbol for women with their bodies.
The image was subtle but obvious, and follows a similar message from her 2014 VMAs performance when she was honored with the Video Vanguard Award and sang “***Flawless” in front of a black backdrop displaying the word “FEMINIST.”
Beyoncé was a late addition the official VMAs lineup, as MTV announced she would perform just before the broadcast on Sunday. Rumors that Beyoncé would appear at the show hit a fever pitch when it was reported she was involved in “top-secret rehearsals” for the Video Music Awards.
Beyoncé’s Lemonade was nominated for 11 VMAs on Sunday.