BEYONCE, MILEY CYRUS, ARIANA GRANDE, KATY PERRY, OTHERS WIN BIG AT MTV VMAs
The awards, which held at the Forum, Inglewood in California had BEYONCÉ welcome MTV and the audience to earth shattering performances of hits from her visual album “BEYONCÉ”. After BEYONCÉ broke Justin Timberlake’s 2013 record for the longest VMA performance ever, JAY Z and Blue Ivy unexpectedly joined her on stage for a highly emotional moment as her family presented her with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard” Award.
Humbled and speaking through tears, Beyonce thanked God, her daughter, her “beloved,” MTV and her fans. She also won the most awards of the evening, taking home Moonmen in three different categories, including “Best Collaboration” for “Drunk in Love” and “Best Video With a Message” for “Pretty Hurts”.
A former homeless youth in Los Angeles named Jesse took the stage in her place to accept her award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the U.S. From the side of the stage, Miley teared up watching him make a call to action, directing fans to her Facebook page to join the fight to end youth homelessness. Jesse ended with an emotional quote, “a dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is a reality.”
The 2014 “MTV Video Music Awards” opened with the summer’s fiercest female threesome. Ariana Grande kicked it all off by starting an intergalactic dance party with her Zedd-produced hit, “Break Free”. Grande emerged from a spaceship before being joined by the Queen of Hip-Hop, Nicki Minaj, who hit the stage to unleash “Anaconda” on the world with an eye-popping, rump-shaking performance.
Finally, British singer-songwriter Jessie J joined the titillating trio to bring the house down with their smash-hit, “Bang Bang”. Nicki returned with a wardrobe malfunction that left her clutching her dress.
Before introducing “Best Hip-Hop Video”, Common asked the VMA audience for a moment of silence to mark the events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri, with some members of the in-house audience responding by spontaneously raising their hands overhead.
Introduced by super-fan Kim Kardashian West, British singing sensation and first-time VMA performer *Sam Smith* mesmerized the audience – and the Kardashian-Jenner sisters – as he and his band orchestrated a soulful rendition of his powerful hit ballad “Stay with Me”.
Multi-platinum global R&B star Usher also delivered a funk-filled performance of his single “Give it to You,” bringing the audience to their feet and surprising everyone when Nicki Minaj once again returned to join him onstage during their rhythmically charged set.
2014 “MTV Video Music Award Winners:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR:
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
BEST HIP HOP:
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On
(We’re Going Home)”
Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Lorde – “Royals”
MTV ARTIST TO WATCH:
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”
BEYONCE ft. JAY Z – “Drunk In Love”
MTV CLUBLAND AWARD:
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
BEYONCE – “Pretty Hurts”
BEYONCE – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Sia – “Chandelier”
DJ Snake – “Turn Down For What”
BEST ART DIRECTION
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
BEST LYRIC VIDEO
5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop”
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards premiered in Nigeria on MTV Base, Monday 25 August at 2PM with the primetime premiere showing later
today at 7PM with the red carpet kicking off 6PM.