2014 VMA Awards Round Up: The Winners & The Performers

Last night’s annual MTV Video Music Award show saw twerking, double denim, wardrobe malfunctions, Beyonce performing her entire album and a (brief) tribute to the late Robin Williams.

Ariana Grande opened the show with a rendition of new single Break Free, followed by Nicki Minaj who gave a predictably risqué performance of new single Anaconda, complete with revealing outfit and (surprise, surprise) a display of the rapper’s best twerking skills.


The two then joined Jessie J for a performance of their new collab-heavy single Bang Bang, during which Minaj suffered an apparent wardrobe malfunction due to a faulty zipper. You can watch the performances here.

Taylor Swift was next to take the stage, singing new song Shake It Off along with a troupe of tuxedo-sporting hotties dancing in-sync around her. A giant ‘1989’ sign acted as the backdrop, plugging her recently announced new album of the same name.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora managed to give a mishap-free performance of Black Widow after the rapper plummeted off the stage during a pre-show performance of Summer smash Fancy. The video quickly went viral:

As many people expected, the VMAs decided to pay tribute to Robin Williams, however many viewers were left disappointed. The tribute lasted just 20 seconds and consisted of photos of the actor set to Coldplay’s song A Sky Full Of Stars.

The Video of the Year award went to Miley Cyrus, who instead of accepting her award with a traditional speech, let a young homeless man take the stage for her, who accepted the 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”.


Beyonce closed the show with a medley of all 14 songs from her 2013 self-titled album, in a nearly 20 minute performance, after the singer was awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for her visual contributions to the entertainment industry.

Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy joined her on stage for an emotional speech to mark the end of the awards ceremony.


Meanwhile on the red carpet Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff turned up to the award show sporting a double denim look, paying tribute to the now infamous outfits worn by Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears to the 2001 AMA awards.


The singer tweeted Spears asking her to make sure she tuned into the awards show.

Check out the full list of winners below:

  • Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
  • Best Hip Hop: Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
  • Best Male: Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
  • Best Female: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
  • Best Pop: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
  • Best Rock: Lorde – “Royals”
  • MTV Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”
  • Best Collaboration: Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
  • MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
  • Best Video With a Social Message: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
  • Best Cinematography:
 Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
  • Best Editing: Eminem – “Rap God”
  • Best Choreography: Sia – “Chandelier”
  • Best Direction
: DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
  • Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
  • Best Visual Effects: OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
  • Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop”
  • Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Beyoncé