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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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MTV VMAs Winners List

MTV VMAs Winners List

Courtesy MTVHere are the winners for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Miley Cyrus — “Wrecking Ball”

BEST HIP-HOP
Drake ft. Majid Jordan — “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
 
BEST MALE
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell — “Sing”
 
BEST FEMALE
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J — “Dark Horse”
 
BEST POP
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea — “Problem”
 
BEST ROCK
Lorde — “Royals”
 
MTV ARTIST TO WATCH
Fifth Harmony — “Miss Movin On”
 
BEST COLLABORATION
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z — “Drunk in Love”

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams — “Stay the Night”

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Beyoncé — “Pretty Hurts”

BEST LYRIC VIDEO
5 Seconds of Summer — “Don’t Stop”
 
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé — “Pretty Hurts”

BEST EDITING
Eminem — “Rap God”

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia — “Chandelier”

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon — “Turn Down for What”

BEST ART DIRECTION
Arcade Fire — “Reflektor”

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
OK Go — “The Writing’s on the Wall”

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Robots, Rappers, Beatles & “Royals” Rule 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Robots, Rappers, Beatles & “Royals” Rule 56th Annual Grammy Awards

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The Grammy Awards: The Performances

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Cliff Lipson/CBSSure, there were plenty of trophies handed out at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night in Los Angeles. But as always, the real focus of the more than three-and-a-half hour telecast was the performances.  Here’s a …

Grammy Backstage Report

Grammy Backstage Report

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Grammy-Award Winning Musician JJ Cale Dies of a Heart Attack at 74

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Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl

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“Billboard” Music Awards Air Live from Vegas Sunday

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(LAS VEGAS) — Star-studded collaborations are on tap for Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards, airing live on ABC from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fans will see solo artists like Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars perform, of course, but they’ll also enjoy …

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