Solange and Blue Ivy

Who Won Instagram This Week: Dancing Queens, Solange And Blue Ivy

The battle for the best celebrity Instagram of the week starring Solange, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna and more.

From celebrity weddings to 4/20, Instagram was lit like Bic (word to Rae Sremmurd). With Rihanna on bridesmaid duty for her longtime bestie, Jenn Rosales, in Hawaii to Tina Knowles' lavish nuptials aboard a yacht in Newport Beach, California, there was many reason to double tap in the name of love.

Hit refresh on the week's highlights from the 'Gram below.

bridesmaids. #davis420wedding

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Bad gal bridesmaids

#Blessed

His x Hers

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Stackin' Paper

Kisses to all 20 Million of u

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20 million Barbz strong

Me and Jason Statham Time for some action. #EFFENVODKA #FRIGO #SMSAUDIO

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50 Cent meets Deckard Shaw

Cloud 20.

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Kehlani at 20

Just announced - #Fast8 #FastFamily

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Furious 8 gets the green light

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Blac Chyna texts and tells

You know what it is.

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Bash knows what it is

4 fucking 20 @katyweaver #wickedhippie

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