It's time once again for MTV to honor videos that most people probably viewed on YouTube. This year, the show seemed to be cursed given Iggy Azalea's non-intentional stage dive at an MTV benefit concert, a slithering prop going all When Animals Attack
on one of Nicki Minaj's dancers and, most dramatically, the reported shooting of Suge Knight. But like they say, "The show must go on."
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards literally got started with a bang; more specifically, the Top 10 hit "Bang Bang" sung by the trio of Ariana Grande, whose red carpet outfit looked like it was straight out of 50 Shades
; Minaj, who had trouble keeping her clothes on during the opening number; and Jessie J.
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No Taylor Swift haters in the crowd, despite the controversy surrounding her latest video. The singer got an enthusiastic reception for her performance of "Shake It Off."
Sam Smith performed his beautiful ballad "Stay with Me."
Rapper Common called for a moment of silence for Ferguson shooting victim Michael Brown before introducing the nominees for Best Hip-Hop Video.
Comic bits by Chelsea Handler, Jim Carrey, Jimmy Fallon and Jay Pharoah all fell flat, especially Pharoah's horrible impersonation of Kanye West.
The night was all about girl power with strong performances by talented ladies. The most anticipated, or hyped, performance of the evening was by Video Vanguard winner Beyonce. She certainly embraced the elements of earth, air, fire and water and even threw some performance art in for good measure. The best part was her FU to the tabloids by featuring home videos of her husband and daughter, who presented the singer with her award.
List of Winners:Best Female Video
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, "Dark Horse"Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, "Sing"Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem"Best Hip-Hop Video
Drake ft. Majid Jordan,"Hold On (We're Going Home)"Best Rock Video
Lorde,"Royals"Artist to Watch
Fifth Harmony, "Miss Movin' On"
Best Lyric Video
5 Seconds of Summer, "Don't Stop"
Video of the Year
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
(Image courtesy of MTV)