For anyone (everyone) too busy being mesmerised by Beyonce's show-stealing performance during Monday's MTV Music Video Awards, there's every chance you might have missed a powerful political message in her set.

We say performance, but what Bey delivered was pretty much a mini-concert - a jaw-dropping medley of hits from her visual album, Lemonade, that still has all of social media talking.

Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Photo / Getty Images
Beyonce performs onstage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Photo / Getty Images

After serving up fierce renditions of hit singles, Pray You Catch Me, Hold Up, Don't Hurt Yourself, and Sorry, flanked by her body paint-adorned backup dancers, the reigning queen finished with the very last track on the album - Formation.

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The subtle, yet unmistakeable feminist message became evident at the very end, when her dancers arranged themselves on the stage, forming a Venus symbol - the universal symbol for women.

Fans who picked up on the Venus symbol commented that it was the perfect close to Formation, a song celebrating black womanhood.

She was met by a standing ovation, the only appropriate response following such a staggering performance.

Factor in the bold statement she made on the red carpet about Black Lives Matter, along with her record-setting eight wins (including video of the year for Formation), and it's fair to say Beyonce WAS the VMAs this year.

Beyonce on stage at the MTV VMAs. Photo / Getty Images
Beyonce on stage at the MTV VMAs. Photo / Getty Images