About the Show
Sunday, August 24, 2014
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 Give It To You," 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."
We won't have "Amnesia" after the boys of 5 Seconds of Summer showed off their raw talent with their debut VMA performance, and later fellow VMA newbies Fifth Harmony excitedly accepted the award for Artist To Watch. Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora kicked an insane amount of ass during their catsuit-clad performance of "Black Widow," while Maroon 5 took the show outdoors for their first VMA performance EVER. Much to the delight of sledgehammers around the world, Miley Cyrus rounded out the night when she took home the VMA's biggest prize, Video Of The Year, for her now-iconic "Wrecking Ball" video.
Finally, in a way that only she could, international icon, all-around flawless human being and Video Vanguard Award recipient Beyonce 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 Beyonce, Ms. Carter gave the VMA audience a collective set of goosebumps and an adorable family moment for the ages.
If you missed a single second of the VMAs, or just want to re-live your favorite artists' performances, you can watch the entire show on demand right here. Be sure to also take a look at our exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, as well as some of the best photos from the night. See you next year!