Winner’s Circle: 2014 MTV Video Music Awards

By  August 24, 2014

We know it’s about the music, but there were plenty of moments when the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards were about more than that. Like when Miley Cyrus forgo her opportunity to accept a win for Video of the Year to raise awareness for youth homelessness. Or when Common commanded a moment of silence for slain Ferguson, Missouri teen Mike Brown, and beseeched viewers to strive for peace “in this country, and in the world.” Or, when Beyoncé’s Vanguard Award finale offered an endearing family moment from the Carters—their united front as strong as ever.

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Of course, Nicki Minaj performed effortlessly through a wardrobe malfunction; Taylor Swift steped in to a new pop era; and Sam Smith vocals proved as seamless live as they are on record. That, plus fan-voted wins from Katy PerryAriana Grande, and Lorde made the VMAs’ return to California one to remember.

Video of the YearMiley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Best Hip-Hop VideoDrake feat. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Best Male VideoEd Sheeran feat. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
Best Female VideoKaty Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Best Pop VideoAriana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Best Rock VideoLorde, “Royals”
Artist to WatchFifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”
Best CollaborationBeyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
MTV Clubland AwardZedd feat. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”
Best Video With A Social MessageBeyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Best CinematographyBeyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
Best EditingEminem, “Rap God”
Best ChoreographySia, “Chandelier”
Best DirectionDJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
Best Art DirectionArcade Fire, “Reflektor”
Best Visual EffectsOK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”