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©AP / Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award with
© AP / Beyonce accepts the Video Vanguard Award with
Bow down: Beyonce owns the MTV Video Music Awards
By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer

Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. She was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter which brought her to tears, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage.

Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."

As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer."

"I'm so full. I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude," she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.

Photos: Stars on the VMA red carpet

Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to a teary Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award for video of the year. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.

"Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I 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. I know this because I am one of these people," he said, as Cyrus looked on. "Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."

What's buzzing: Best VMA moments

Cyrus' decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.

The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: the most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking during her performance of "Anaconda" in the show's first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for "Bang, Bang."

"It felt amazing to open the show, and we ran out of time getting the dress zipped up," Minaj said backstage.

Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single "Shake It Off" in shimmery shorts and a crop top. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, "One second. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there."

She continued: "It's all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous."

Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, "Break Free" in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single "Problem," but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for the hit "Dark Horse."

Perry sported a figure-hugging denim dress and was joined by Riff Raff in a coordinating outfit, mirroring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.

Photos: Celebrity VMA Twitpics

The night featured a serious social message along with the performances. Rapper-actor Common held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, before he presented the award for best hip-hop video.

"Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar," Common said. "Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution."

Later, a 15-second spot aired alluding to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, urging viewers to take action to eliminate bias.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced," a quote by author James Baldwin read on the screen.

Lorde won best rock video for "Royals" and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit "Stay With Me."

Iggy Azalea and Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their hit "Black Widow," as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and sang along.

Full list: 2014 MTV VMA winners

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141Comments
Aug 26, 2014 11:38AM
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Anna you never have seen Tina Turner, Madonna, J Lo or any other performer. Really right. I do agree with the Bitch thin\g though You cant empower women and degrade them.
Aug 26, 2014 11:21AM
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Media makes a big deal about beyonce's, feminist crap, yet the lyrics in one of the songs she performed......'BOW DOWN BITCHES'  REALLY....I AM SO TIRED OF HER WORTHLESS SONGS, OPEN LEG, BUTT SHOWING ALL OVER THE STAGE........ MICHEAL JACKSON BECAME THE BEST WITHOUT HAVING ANY NAKED WOMEN IN HIS PERFORMANCES, CELINE DIONE, TINA TURNER......WHEN YOU HAVE TALENT YOU DONT NEED TO EXPOSE YOUR CROTCH FOR THE WORLD TO SEE...... 
Aug 26, 2014 8:53AM
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Instead of complaining let us see you get on stage and do better,  Oh you can't see your feet, and you sing like someone choking you wow.

 

Aug 26, 2014 8:53AM
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Instead of complaining let us see you get on stage and do better,  Oh you can't see your feet, and you sing like someone choking you wow.

 

Aug 26, 2014 5:55AM
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Pure hypocrisy from rich, worthless hacks... exactly like the senate.  
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