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August, 8

Beyonce set to appear at the MTV VMAs

Beyonce is in talks to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016.

The 'Formation' hitmaker is up for an incredible 11 prizes at the VMAs and now she is close to finalising plans to take to the stage at the ceremony which is being held at Madison Square Garden in New York on August 28.

According to The Sun newspaper, the 34-year-old R&B star is being courted by MTV to perform a medley of her hits with a portion of the show being devoted entirely to her, but they are also planning a musical tribute if they can't secure her.

A source said: "The organisers are in talks with her team to devote a portion of the show to her. Their main goal would be to have Beyonce perform a medley of hits, but as nothing has been locked in yet they are also considering reaching out to other stars to organise a tribute performance."

The nominations are the most the star has ever received in a single year and puts her in contention to beat Madonna's record of 20 gongs.

Beyonce's main competition at the VMAs comes from Adele who has garnered an impressive seven nominations for her third album '25'.

The two superstars will go up against each other in the Video of the Year and Best Pop Video categories for their singles 'Formation' and 'Hello' respectively and will also battle it out for the Best Female Video gong for which Adele's 'Hello' and Beyonce's 'Hold Up' have been put forward as well as competing for other accolades.

In April, Beyonce dropped her 'visual album' 'Lemonade', her sixth solo studio release, and it was accompanied upon its release by a one-hour film which aired on HBO and served as a companion to the songs.

The first time she performed 'Formation' from the record was at the NFL Super Bowl 50 halftime show when she joined Coldplay.

The performance caused controversy as Beyonce - who is married to Jay Z - apparently made reference to the Black Panther movement, a now defunct black nationalist organisation which was active from 1966 until 1982 and the Super Bowl strictly forbids political statements in its performances.

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