Published Aug 25, 2014As always, the 2014 edition of the MTV Video Music Awards was a mixed bag, bouncing back and forth between truly dreadful performances, soul-crushing technical difficulties and some inspired, undeniably exciting pop culture moments. To relive the glory, read on.
On the performance side of things, it was mostly pretty good. Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J opened the night with their "Bang Bang" hit, and were followed up by the likes of Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, Taylor Swift, Usher and many more (including a new pop-punk boy band called 5 Seconds of Summer, which you should check out if you like the idea of One Direction aping the Warped Tour).
In news that should surprise absolutely no one, Beyoncé was the true star of the night, closing it out with a stunning, explosive medley of songs from her 2013 LP Beyoncé. In true Beyoncé style, the singer offered a truly flawless performance. Then, toward the end, her husband Jay Z and their daughter Blue Ivy joined her onstage as she received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. It was a tearful, if calculated, moment.
Other notable moments took place when Miley Cyrus had a young homeless man accept her award on her behalf to raise awareness about poverty in Los Angeles. There was a bit of an uproar when Lorde took home the award for Best Rock Video, with half of Twitter calling her out for not being a rock artist. There was also a painfully unfunny bit involving Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
Some highlights from the 2014 MTV VMAs can be viewed below.