The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards happened y’all – and the ceremony was a relatively blah affair, except for Nicki Minaj’s narrowly missed wardrobe malfunction (Janet – still inspiring newer generations with a glimpse of a funbag #NoCompetition #Icon).
Pop tart Miley Cyrus made a stellar statement, quite unlike her controversial performance last year with professional erection Robin Thicke (the pun, omg!), as she slayed her critics by picking up the prestigious Video Of The Year award for her # 1 smash ‘Wrecking Ball‘. Instead of picking up the award herself, a young homeless youth named Jessie picked up the award on her behalf, speaking about the realities of homelessness that plague the US. Cyrus herself watched teary eyed from her seat – and I have to give it up for her. If there’s any artist out there who is doing what Madonna would have done – it’s Miley. Bravo girl!
With 4 wins, Beyoncé Knowles, easily the most powerful artist of this generation, cements her status as the Queen of the game. Knowles picked up her trophies for Best Cinematography and Best Video With A Social Message for ‘Pretty Hurts‘, while ‘Drunk In Love‘ earned her and Jay Z earned both a Moonman for Best Collaboration. Beyoncé was also awarded the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award – and she basically owned the VMA’s (it should really be renamed the BMA’s – Beyoncé Music Awards) with a nearly 20-minute mini concert that showcased her double-platinum certified game changing self titled visual album.
It was mostly a year of female empowerment – Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Katy Perry, Sia all picked up a Moonman each in all the major categories in a relatively harmless show scattered with some interesting performances by basically everyone who had an album out this year and who had functional vocal cords.
Check out the entire list of winners at the 2014 MTV VMA’s right here :
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
BEST FEMALE VIDEO: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
BEST MALE VIDEO: Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
BEST POP VIDEO: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD: Beyoncé
BEST HIP HOP VIDEO: Drake feat. 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”
MTV CLUBLAND AWARD: Zedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay The Night”
BEST COLLABORATION: Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
BEST DIRECTION: DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What” (director: DANIELS)
BEST CHOREOGRAPHY: Sia, “Chandelier” (choreographer: Ryan Heffington)
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”
BEST ART DIRECTION: Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
BEST EDITING: Eminem, “Rap God”
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE: Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”