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Staff Reporter, Reuters25 Aug 2014 08:44
Jay Z presents the Video Vanguard award to Beyonce as he holds their daughter Blue Ivy during the 2014 MTV Video Music awards. (Reuters)
With some twerking and shaking, the leading ladies of pop music dominated the MTV Video Music awards on Sunday, while an emotional Miley Cyrus and a touching moment between Beyoncé and her family led the Moonman award wins of the night.
Cyrus, who set tongues wagging last year with her raunchy dancing during her VMAs performance, won the night’s top prize for video of the year for Wrecking Ball, in which she cavorted naked on a wrecking ball.
She opted not to collect her award, instead sitting in the audience and holding back tears while sending a homeless young man named Jesse to collect her award.
“I’ve cleaned your hotels rooms, I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have many of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight,” the young man said.
Earlier on the red carpet, Cyrus said she “retired” her grinding explicit dance moves.
But while Cyrus has retired the twerk, rapper Nicki Minaj brought her moves to kick off the show with hip hop song Anaconda.
This year’s awards took place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Meanwhile, in the closing performance for the evening,
Beyoncé took viewers on an emotional journey for almost 20 minutes, with verses
from almost her entire latest album.
“I’m so full, I have nothing to say,” she
said, all choked up. “I’m filled with so much gratitude, I just thank God for
this moment. I love ya’ll so much. Blue-Blue I love you, my beloved I love
you,” she told Jay Z and her daughter Blue Ivy while accepting the lifetime achievement
Beyoncé also won awards for best
collaboration, best video with a social message and best cinematography.
Irreverence, unscripted momentsAriana Grande, Minaj and Jessie J
kicked off the awards show with a medley of their summer hits:
Break Free, Anaconda and Bang Bang.
Since launching in 1984, Viacom-owned MTV’s VMAs have become synonymous with irreverence and unscripted moments that have become part of music history, and all eyes were on whoever delivered the most outrageous or unplanned stunt.
Taylor Swift debuted her upbeat first single
Shake It Off from her upcoming pop album 1989, while Iggy Azalea and British singer Rita Ora performed their sultry track Black Widow.
In stark comparison to the over-the-top performances by the ladies of pop on the VMAs stage, British newcomer Sam Smith used a bare set to showcase his voice on his hit
Stay With Me, while rockers Maroon 5 performed Maps outside of the newly renovated Forum theatre in Inglewood, with hundreds of fans.
The presenters also got in on the fun, with Jim Carrey tumbling on stage while announcing best pop video with Jeff Daniels.
Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah impersonated Jay Z and Kanye West. – Additional reporting by Reuters
Here’s the full list of winners:
Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus –
Wrecking Ball Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake ft. Majid Jordan –
(We’re Going Home)
Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams –
SingBest Female Video: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J –
Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea –
ProblemBest Rock Video: Lorde –
RoyalsArtist to Watch: Fifth Harmony –
Miss Movin’ Best Collaboration: Beyoncé ft. Jay Z –
MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams –
Best Video With A Social Message: Beyoncé –
Pretty Hurts Best Cinematography: Beyoncé -
Pretty Hurts Best Editing: Eminem –
Rap God Best Choreography: Sia –
ChandelierBest Direction: DJ Snake & Lil Jon –
Turn Down For
Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire –
ReflektorBest Visual Effects: OK Go –
The Writing’s On The
Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer –
Watch the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on MTV DStv channel 130 on Monday August 24 at 9PM.
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