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Miley Wins “Video of the Year,” Doesn’t Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

Miley Wins “Video of the Year,” Doesn’t Twerk; Beyonce Dominates Performances at 2014 MTV VMAs

Courtesy MTVAfter last year’s twerk heard ’round the world, what could Miley Cyrus possibly do for an encore at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards?  Take home the Video of the Year trophy in a surprise upset — and then turn her acceptance speech into a powerful call to action.
Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” clip beat out much more recent and talked-about clips — from “Fancy” to “Happy” to “Drunk in Love” — to take the top prize of the night.  But instead of coming onstage to accept it, Miley sent an unknown young man instead.  Identifying himself as Jesse, he said he was accepting the award for the “1.6 million runaways and homeless youths who are starving, lost and scared right now.” 
While Miley watched from the side, tearing up, Jesse went on to note that L.A., the entertainment capital of the world, has a disproportionate number of young homeless people.  He then invited everyone to visit Miley’s Facebook page to see how they could help.  She’s asking her fans to donate money for “My Friend’s Place,” a homeless center for young people in Hollywood.
It was the second truly “serious” moment in a night that’s usually all about flashy, raunchy, over-the-top performances.  The first came when rapper Common mentioned Ferguson, Missouri, which has been a hotbed of protests and occasional violence since unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot by a police officer there in early August. 
“The people have used their voices to call for justice and change, and to let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters,” said Common, noting that hip-hop has “always been about truth, and a powerful instrument for social change.”  Before handing out the award for Best Hip-Hop Video, he called for a moment of silence for Brown, “and for peace in this country and in the world.”  During the show, a brief public service announcement about Ferguson was also shown.
Of course, there were plenty of flashy, raunchy and over-the-top performances, too, starting with the three-way diva-off of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, who opened the show.   Ariana emerged from a rocket ship to sing “Break Free,” followed by Nicki in a green bikini, rapping a heavily censored “Anaconda” and twerking like nobody’s business.  Jessie J then emerged to start up “Bang Bang,” and was joined by Ariana and Nicki, who had a serious wardrobe malfunction and spent the number clutching a scanty black dress around her so it wouldn’t fall off.
Another performance highlight was Taylor Swift’s first performance of “Shake It Off,” which she sang wearing a two-piece, midriff-baring fringed sequin number, accompanied by dancing acrobatic men in tuxedos and female backup singers.  At one point, she ascended to the top of a giant “1989″ sign onstage — that’s the title of her album — looked over the edge and said, “Nuh, uh. I don’t care if it’s the VMAs. I’m not jumping off there. All kinds of people are getting bit by snakes…it’s dangerous!”  That was a reference to the fact that, during rehearsal, one of Nicki Minaj’s backup dancers was, in fact, bitten by a snake.  She’s OK, though.
It was a great night for British and Australian acts — and we’re including Lorde in there, even though she’s technically from New Zealand. She took home the Best Rock Video Moonman, accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech and then quickly apologizing.  Brit Ed Sheeran won Best Male Video for “Sing,” and Brit Sam Smith absolutely slayed with his beautiful, stripped-down rendition of “Stay With Me.”  Aussie band 5 Seconds of Summer performed “Amnesia” and won the Best Lyric Video award, while Aussie Iggy Azalea stopped the show with her dramatic rendition of “Black Widow,” which she sang with Rita Ora.
Maroon 5, in their first-ever VMA performance, took things outside, playing “Maps” in the parking lot in front of thousands of fans underneath an enormous, lit-up “M.”  They also played a bit of “One More Night” as well.
Of course, the performance to end all performances came from Beyonce, who received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.  It was presented to her by her husband, Jay Z, who was holding their daughter, Blue Ivy . He referred to her as “our greatest living entertainer,” and a tearful Beyonce said, “I am filled with so much gratitude. Blue, I love you. My beloved…” — referring to Jay Z –  “…I love you.  My fans, I love you. MTV, I love you!”  Then, she, Jay and Blue all walked offstage together.  They didn’t look like they were heading to the divorce attorney, either.
As for Bey’s performance, she basically sang her entire self-titled album.  She performed for about 15 minutes, running through, in rapid succession, “Mine,” “Haunted,” “No Angel,” “Jealous,” “Blow,” “Drunk In Love,” “Rocket,” “Partition,” “Flawless,” “Yonce,” “Blue” and, finally, “XO,” which the audience sang along with her.  She wore the same costume, but moved through a series of different sets, with dancers, video screens and lights creating a different distinct mood for each number.  The show ended after her performance and acceptance, because really, how could you follow that?
Beyonce was the biggest winner on the night, taking home three trophies in addition to the Video Vanguard Award.

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Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Additional MTV Video Music Awards Tidbits

Courtesy MTVHere’s a brief rundown of additional tidbits from the MTV VMAs:
–Ariana Grande opened the show with “Break Free,” emerging from a rocket ship to sing it.  Nicki Minaj then sang “Anaconda” and did not get bitten by a snake.  Jessie J kicked off “Bang Bang” and both women joined her…the video premiered online shortly afterwards.  Ariana ended up winning Best Pop Video for “Problem” — it was presented to her by her childhood crush, Jim Carrey, and his Dumb and Dumber To co-star Jeff Daniels.
–Katy Perry won Best Female Video for “Dark Horse.” She arrived at the VMAs with Riff Raff, who appears on the remix of her hit “This Is How We Do.” They were both wearing matching Versace denim, in an homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s famous matching denim outfits from the 2001 VMAs.  Later, Katy enjoyed watching Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora perform “Dark Horse,” since she co-wrote it.  We saw her in the audience, singing along.
–There was no host, but SNL’s Jay Pharoah was on hand to do some of his famous impressions, including Drake, Jay Z and Kanye West.  While the real Kanye wasn’t there, his wife Kim Kardashian was, and she was wearing a top so plunging that it was a wonder it actually stayed on.  Demi Lovato also wore a super-plunging outfit, as did Jordin Sparks.
–In addition to performing “Shake It Off” for the first time on TV (see related story) Taylor Swift enjoying hanging in the front row with her BFF Lorde, who picked up her first Moonman and introduced Taylor’s performance to boot, calling it “the beginning of her brand-new era.” The two were seen singing along and dancing in their seats during a number of performances.
–Dressed all in white, Usher was the hardest-working man in showbiz at the VMAs.  While performing “She Came to Give It To You.” he danced, sang, played bass guitar and slapped and bumped Nicki Minaj’s booty.  By the end of the performance, he was sweating like a pig and looked exhausted.
–Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s performance of “Black Widow” was a huge production, with a string quartet onstage, a huge web hanging in the background, coordinating black spiderweb catsuits, and tons of backup dancers.  Jordin Sparks and Taylor Swift were seen singing along to every word.  As she strode around the stage confidently, you’d never guess that Iggy actually fell off the stage Friday night at a pre-VMA charity concert.
–One big surprise of the night was girl group Fifth Harmony winning the fan-voted MTV Artist to Watch category, beating out Sam Smith, Charli XCX, 5 Seconds of Summer and Schoolboy Q. “Oh my God, we didn’t think we would win, this is amazing!” said the X Factor alums, who thanked Simon Cowell, among others.
–Chris Brown was seen laughing in the audience, evidently not too concerned about the fact that rap impresario Suge Knight was shot several times at his pre-VMA party on Saturday night.
–An unexpected, though brief, tribute to Robin Williams was shown: Coldplay’s hit “A Sky Full of Stars” played over a montage of photos of the late actor and comedian, who died on August 11.
–The entire final segment of the show was given over to Beyonce, and if it was meant to show that her marriage to Jay Z was still going strong, it worked.  The couple and their daughter Blue Ivy couldn’t have looked any more loved up as they walked offstage together at the end of the lengthy performance and Bey’s emotional acceptance speech.
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Beyoncé Reveals New Photos of Blue Ivy

Beyoncé Reveals New Photos of Blue Ivy

@BeyonceLite/Twitter(NEW YORK) — Blue Ivy may only be 17 months old, but it is clear Beyoncé is training her girl to run the world.
The “Love on Top” singer, 31, took to her Tumblr account to post photos of her daughter. In one snapshot, she’s …

Beyonce ‘Feeling Much Better Now’

Beyonce ‘Feeling Much Better Now’

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(ANTWERP, Belgium) — Beyonce is “feeling much better,” a day after a doctor ordered her to postpone her show Tuesday night in Antwerp, Belgium.The singer posted a handwritten apology to fans for having to c…

Marco Rubio: Jay-Z Needs to Get Informed on Cuba

Marco Rubio: Jay-Z Needs to Get Informed on Cuba

STR/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio Sunday morning slammed Jay-Z over his recent trip to Cuba, saying on This Week that the rapper needed to “get informed” and that he missed an opportunity to meet the politically o…

Super Bowl 47: Beyoncé Reunites with Destiny’s Child Band Mates During Halftime Show

Super Bowl 47: Beyoncé Reunites with Destiny’s Child Band Mates During Halftime Show

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — As expected, Beyoncé reunited with her Destiny’s Child pals during her Super Bowl halftime performance at New Orleans’ Superdome on Sunday. And one thing was for certain: Beyoncé bounced back…

Destiny’s Child to Perform Medley During Beyonce’s Super Bowl Set?

Destiny’s Child to Perform Medley During Beyonce’s Super Bowl Set?

Sony Music Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — The rumors about a Destiny’s Child reunion during Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance just got a little meatier. 
A source tells Us Weekly that Beyonce will kick off the set with solo material, and th…

Beyonce Shares Blue Ivy Ultrasound in New Trailer

Beyonce Shares Blue Ivy Ultrasound in New Trailer

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyonce is getting up close and personal in her new HBO documentary, Beyonce: Life is But a Dream.In a new 90-second trailer for the documentary, which the singer directed, Beyonce shares a never-before-seen video …

Beyonce’s 7 Revelations on Life and Her Career

Beyonce’s 7 Revelations on Life and Her Career

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) — From raising one of the most famous babies in Hollywood to a new $50 million endorsement deal with Pepsi, it seems as if Beyonce can do it all, and all at the same time. Since her early days with Destiny’s Child…

Beyonce, Jay-Z’s Daughter Among Website’s Worst Celeb Baby Names

Beyonce, Jay-Z’s Daughter Among Website’s Worst Celeb Baby Names

Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter has received the dubious distinction of owning the worst name for a girl of any celebrity baby born in 2012, based on a poll of BabyNames.com members.Blue Ivy Carter received 47.1 p…

Beyonce Fans Invited to Hit the Field During Her Super Bowl Halftime Show

Beyonce Fans Invited to Hit the Field During Her Super Bowl Halftime Show

PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)(NEW YORK) — Even if you’re watching Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show from home this February, there’s still a way for you to participate in the performance as it happens in New Orleans.  Starting Saturday, fans are invited t…

Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce and More Urge Fans to Demand a Gun Violence Plan

Jennifer Aniston, Beyonce and More Urge Fans to Demand a Gun Violence Plan

Demand A Plan / YouTube(NEW YORK) — After the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., lawmakers have been speaking out about how to control gun violence. Now Hollywood is getting involved too.Some of the biggest names in mus…

Beyonce’s Gold Silk Tuxedo Up for Grabs at a New York City Garage Sale

Beyonce’s Gold Silk Tuxedo Up for Grabs at a New York City Garage Sale

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Remember that gold silk tuxedo that Beyonce wore in her “Love on Top” music video?  Well, according to the New York Post, that shiny number will be up for grabs at the Park Avenue Garage sale happening in…

Beyonce Inks $50M Deal with Pepsi

Beyonce Inks $50M Deal with Pepsi

Pepsico(NEW YORK) — People will soon be seeing a whole lot more of Beyonce Knowles.The 31-year-old singer has scored a $50 million deal with Pepsi as its brand ambassador.  Her visage will even appear on the side of a soda can.Knowles has already…

Did Beyonce Break the Law by Revealing Her Ballot on Election Day?

Did Beyonce Break the Law by Revealing Her Ballot on Election Day?

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — All throughout Election Day, celebrities posted photos of themselves on various social networking sites going to the polls, and some even showed fans pictures of their filled-out ballots, including Beyonce.&nb…

Beyonce to Perform at Super Bowl Halftime

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Beyonce.com(NEW YORK) — After hours of speculation, the NFL and CBS have now made it official: Beyonce will indeed be performing at the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans.Beyonce pretty much confirmed the initial reports that she…

Report: Beyonce Drops Out of Clint Eastwood Film

Report: Beyonce Drops Out of Clint Eastwood Film

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Beyonce has bowed out of Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born remake, according to Variety. Earlier this year, reports revealed that A Star Is Born had been pushed back in part because of Beyonce’s pregnancy.
Now Variet…

Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna Nominated for American Music Awards

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Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — ABC News Radio has exclusively learned the nominees in one category for this year’s American Music Awards.  Beyonce, Mary J. Blige and Rihanna have all been nominated for an AMA as favorite female a…

Source Says Beyonce and Kim Kardashian ‘Love Each Other’

Source Says Beyonce and Kim Kardashian ‘Love Each Other’

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Beyonce’s ‘I Was Here’ Music Video Debuts for World Humanitarian Day

Beyonce’s ‘I Was Here’ Music Video Debuts for World Humanitarian Day

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — In an effort to encourage people around the world to make a difference, singer Beyonce Knowles has teamed up with the United Nations for her latest music video.“I Was Here” was taped in front of a …

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