The star at this year’s Video Music Awards wasn’t Miley’s tongue or Nicki’s butt but something much more innocent as proven by the night’s most popular tweets: Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy. READ FULL STORY
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It’s hard to find a Sam Smith performance that doesn’t seem like a honest attempt to wring out everyone’s tears.
It was a night of juxtapositions, as Kim Kardashian West came out to introduce Smith to the stage to perform “Stay With Me.” In a reversal from the glitter and floor-grinding opening number, the stage was notably stripped of extraneous accoutrements, save for an accompaniment on the piano. Smith brought the audience to a gentle sway, delivering a straightforward rendition of the relationship song of the summer. It even brought the typically non-emotive Jenner sisters to their feet without taking a selfie of themselves. If Smith’s performance is any indication, glitter and fireworks are not prerequisites for a great, if not tear-inducing, VMAs performance.
The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards weren’t about who opened the show—no offense to Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, or Jessie J. Instead, everyone was waiting for Queen Bey’s 16-minute performance Video Vanguard performance. And, as usual, Beyoncé did not disappoint.
Beyoncé hit the stage with shortened versions of just about every song from her latest album, from “Mine” and “Haunted” to “Drunk In Love” and “Partition.” And just when things seemed to sexy for TV, she ended the performance with an emotional tribute to her daughter, singing “Blue” before thanking all of her fans with a crowd-assisted “XO.”
Between her vocals, her dance moves, and her overall stage presence, the only way to sum up the performance was … flawless. Or as Blue Ivy put it when Jay Z brought her on stage, “Go mommy!”
At last year’s Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus made headlines for twerking on Robin Thicke and sticking out her tongue. This year, the pop singer kept it tame and gave her one moment in the spotlight to someone else: A homeless man named Jesse.
Cyrus won the Video of the Year award for “Wrecking Ball” but instead of walking up to the stage to claim the Moonman for herself, she sent Jesse up as she cheered for him from the sidelines. “My name is Jesse, and I’m accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States, who are starving, lost, and scared for their lives right now,” Jesse started. “I know this because I am one of these people.” READ FULL STORY
How many rhinestones were on Ariana Grande’s Barbarella-call-girl onesie? How bouncy is her ponytail? How freaked out was the PA who had to man the censor button during Nicki Minaj’s NC-17 celebration of snakes and a special kind of salad?
These and many more questions came to us during an opening medley that featured Grande performing “Break Free” direct from space (kind of), Nicki Minaj not using her previously scheduled reptile muses during the Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling “Anaconda,” and Jessie J looking sane and moderately amused during “Bang Bang,” while Grande strutted in yet another future onesie and Minaj clutched at her decency when a wardrobe quick-change wasn’t quick enough.
But you tell us, readers, what did you think of the VMAs opener?
Too busy playing VMAs Bingo to notice who’s actually winning the awards? Check back here throughout the show for a continuously updated list.
Best Lyric Video (Pre-show award): 5SOS, “Don’t Stop”
Best Female Video: Katy Perry, “Dark Horse”
Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
Best Pop Video: Ariane 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
Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Video Vanguard Award: Beyoncé
Awards show drinking games are so passé. It’s just too easy to get black-out wasted, especially when it comes to downing a shot whenever Taylor Swift gesticulates wildly in a fit of seat dancing, or Nicki Minaj throws shade at insert-name-of-fellow-rapper-trying-to-steal-her-thunder. Add some variety to the awards show game arena by playing EW’s MTV Video Music Awards Bingo—because it’s guaranteed that one of the following things will occur: Kanye West gets caught in a humble brag (minus the humble); someone wears sunglasses indoors.
Plus, this is a game that the non-drinking, under-21 crowd can also get in on. Because let’s face it—they’re the ones who can understand what is really going on behind Ariana Grande’s worried face.
Continuing her utter dominance of the pop zeitgeist, Beyoncé, Queen of Earth, will both perform at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards and receive its highest honor, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Previous winners include Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Guns N’ Roses, U2, and Michael Jackson himself. Beyoncé has won a total of 11 Video Music Awards, both as a solo artist and as a member of Destiny’s Child, although she’s proven herself capable of making pop-cultural history even when she loses.
The VMAs will air live on MTV on August 24 at 9 p.m. Usher, Ariana Grande, 5 Seconds of Summer and Maroon 5 will also perform.
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