MTV VMAs 2014: Top Moments, Winners And Everything You Missed From The Show

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MTV VMAs 2014: Top Moments, Winners And Everything You Missed From The Show
by Emily Yahr
Thanks to Miley Cyruss ridiculous opening performance last year, we might have had unrealistic expectations for the craziness of the MTV Video Music Awards. Save for an epic finale by Beyoncè and an adorable appearance by Jay Z and Blue Ivy it was a rather low-key show.

Here are some of the highlights and what you missed:

* So yeah, that Beyonce moment. Maybe the show was so laidback so that no one would overshadow the Queen Bey herself. The superstar, honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, delivered an intense 15-minute performance with excerpts from various songs (***Flawless, Drunk in Love, Mine, etc.) and mesmerizing dancing throughout them all. (Read more about the segment here.)

Jay-Z presents the Video Vanguard Award to Beyonce as he holds their daughter Blue Ivy during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

The best part? Husband Jay Z arriving on stage with their toddler daughter, Blue Ivy, to present his wife with the award, calling her the greatest living entertainer. Beyonce was near tears as she accepted it, and the whole family embraced in a hug.

* Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaborated somewhat seamlessly for the opening performance of Bang Bang though Minaj stole all the thunder with her wardrobe malfunction, expertly holding her dress together like this happens all the time.

* Minaj also kicked things off by twerking through her latest single, Anaconda, while covered in snake scales and the censors worked overtime to bleep out certain words from the lyrics. Bonus: There were no actual snakes to be found on stage, given that one bit Minajs back-up dancer during rehearsals.

Nicki Minaj performs on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

* Taylor Swift dressed in a sparkly two-piece surrounded by tuxedo-clad gentleman for a rendition of her new song Shake It Off, taking her awkward dance moves to new heights. It wasnt nearly as bizarre as anything she did dancing in her seat, as usual:

* Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff channeled some old school Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake for their denim wardrobe choices.

* Lorde gave an endearing and very confused speech as she ran on stage to accept her prize for Best Rock Video. Is there, like, a specific place Im supposed to be looking? she asked, searching for a camera. Eventually she found it. And then swore on air. And then apologized for swearing on air.

* Jay Pharoah of Saturday Night Live wasnt really the host, but he sure acted like one, bridging the gap between performers with impressions. (Jay Z, Kanye West, etc.) For the latter, the cameras went straight over to Kim Kardashian, naturally.

* Hip hop artist/actor Common arrived to give a tribute to Ferguson, Mo. MTV also aired a PSA. The show kept up the real world problems theme when Miley Cyrus had a homeless youth named Jesse go up in her place to accept the Video of the Year Award, where he talked about the 1.6 million homeless kids and runaways in Los Angeles.

My Friends Place representative Jesse, left, accepts Video of the Year award on behalf of Miley Cyrus. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Full list of winners:

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX Fancy
Beyonce ft. Jay Z Drunk In Love
Pharrell Williams Happy
Sia Chandelier
Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball

Eminem Berzerk
Drake ft. Majid Jordan Hold On (Were Going Home)
Childish Gambino 3005
Kanye West Black Skinhead
Wiz Khalifa We Dem Boyz

Pharrell Williams Happy
John Legend All Of Me
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams Sing
Sam Smith Stay With Me
Eminem ft. Rihanna The Monster

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX Fancy
Beyonce Partition
Lorde Royals
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea Problem
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J

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