Winner’s Circle: 2014 MTV Video Music Awards


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.

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 Year: Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
Best Hip-Hop Video: Drake feat. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Best Male Video: Ed Sheeran feat. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
Best Female Video: Katy Perry feat. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
Best Pop Video: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
Best Rock Video: Lorde, “Royals”
Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer, “Don’t Stop”
Best Collaboration: Beyoncé feat. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
MTV Clubland Award: Zedd feat. 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”