Our sunny red carpet Pre-Show hosted by actress Lucy Hale, saw its fair share of glammed-out celebs. The always stylish Rachel Antonoff held down MTV's Red Carpet Report, and everyone was treated to a fierce performance of "Bo$$" from Fifth Harmony and the anthemic "Boom Clap" from Charli XCX, and 5 Seconds of Summer took home the first award of the night for Best Lyric Video.
Inside the Forum, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J kicked off the show with powerhouse vocals and snake-themed bump 'n grind action for their "Break Free," "Anaconda," "Bang, Bang" medley. Katy Perry and Juicy J's Cleopatra-themed "Dark Horse" took home the first award of the night for Best Female Video, and was followed by Best Male Video winner and ginger guitar extraordinaire Ed Sheeran, for "Sing." Taylor Swift shook off every last one of her haters during her throwback "Shake It Off" performance, and then first time VMA winner Ariana Grande took a break from floating around in space to accept the Best Pop Video award for "Problem." Singer-songwriter Sam Smith let loose a tsunami of feels during his powerful rendition of "Stay With Me" and soon after actor/rapper Common graciously stepped up to accept the Best Hip-Hop Video Moonman for Drake's "Hold On (We're Going Home)." Usher lived out every man's fantasy when he got up close and personal with Nicki Minaj's best asset during their incredible performance of "She Came To Get It," and Lorde kept the great times rolling when she made history by becoming the first female winner of the Best Rock Video category for "Royals."
Finally, in a way that only she could, international icon, all-around flawless human being and Video Vanguard Award recipient Beyoncé shut down the VMAs. She reaffirmed her Queen Bey status the minute she appeared on stage, and had everyone cheering "YASSSS!" by the end of her awe-inspiring, career-defining set. With a live medley of hits from her album groundbreaking album Beyoncé, Ms. Carter gave the VMA audience a collective set of goosebumps and an adorable family moment for the ages.