The R&B superstar is up for 11 awards at the New York prizegiving for her hit album Lemonade, and she brought along some of the women featured in the short film to join her at the ceremony.

The mothers of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Oscar Grant, who were all killed at the hands of police, stood by Beyonce's side as they posed for photographers at the Madison Square Garden ceremony.

All the women, except for Grant's mum, appeared in Lemonade holding up photographs of their deceased sons.

They were joined by other Lemonade stars, her pop protegees Chloe x Halle, model Winnie Harlow, and actress Quvenzhane Wallis.

Beyonce also brought along her four-year-old daughter Blue Ivy to escort her to the event, and they even coordinated looks in shimmering dresses, with the R&B superstar donning blue feathers, while the tot opted for a beige tulle skirt and crown.

The superstar was announced as a performer at the VMAs just hours before the ceremony began and shut down the show with a medley of tracks from Lemonade, belting out Pray You Catch Me, Hold Up, I Ain't Sorry, Don't Hurt Yourself, and Formation.