MTV VMAs 2014: Beyonce is queen of the Video Music Awards, but Nicki Minaj steals show early with wardrobe malfunction

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    Miley Cyrus wins Video of the Year for ‘Wrecking Ball,’ Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Drake and Lorde are also winners on music channel’s big night.

    NY DAILY NEWS MUSIC CRITIC
    Published: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:50 PM
    Updated: Sunday, August 24, 2014, 11:44 PM
    Beyonce gets her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy.KEVIN MAZUR/MTV1415/WIREIMAGEBeyonce gets her Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award from husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy.

    Beyonce took home the most prestigious prize at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and gave a performance for the ages, but for most of Sunday night, Nicki Minaj had won the unofficial award for biggest head turner.

    The fireworks started with the opening act: 21 year old breakout singer Ariana Grande, Brit-soul belter Jesse J and rapper Nicki Minaj recreating their three-way collaboration, “Bang Bang.”

    Minaj, though, grabbed attention for her own single, the posterior-friendly new song “Anaconda,” with a crotch-grabbing, butt gyrating, simulated humping performance that draws comparisons to last year’s infamous Miley Cyrus twerking.

    Nicki Minaj (C) performs simulated intercourse to get the MTV VMAs started.MICHAEL BUCKNER/GETTY IMAGESNicki Minaj (C) performs simulated intercourse to get the MTV VMAs started.

    Katy Perry won the Best Female Video award for “Dark Horse,” while Ed Sheeran won for Best Male Video. Grande won for Best Pop Video for “Problem,” her collaboration with rapper Iggy Azalea. Fifth Harmony won the award for Artist to Watch.

    Drake won the award for Best Hip-Hop Video for “Hold On (We’re Going Home)” featuring Majid Jordan.

    Singer Taylor Swift croons her single, 'Shake It Off.'KEVIN WINTER/MTV1415/GETTY IMAGES FOR MTV

    Singer Taylor Swift croons her single, ‘Shake It Off.’

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    Rapper/actor Common asks for a moment of silence for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Fergusion, Mo.KEVIN WINTER/MTV1415/GETTY IMAGES FOR MTV

    Rapper/actor Common asks for a moment of silence for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer in Fergusion, Mo.

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    And in a suprise, pop star Lorde took home the Best Rock Video for “Royals,” despite not actually being a rock star.

    It wasn’t as shocking as Minaj’s number, but Taylor Swift had the audience pumped with her slick ’80s pop throwback, “Shake It Off.” A little while later, Sam Smith made his American award show debut with a more subdued performance of his hit, “Stay With Me.”

    Minaj tries to keep her dress on as she performs with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.MICHAEL BUCKNER/GETTY IMAGESMinaj tries to keep her dress on as she performs with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.

    Usher may have had the strongest performance of the night for his foot-stomping song, “Believe Me.”

    There were also somber moments, such as Common’s reference to the events in Ferguson, Mo. “I want us to all take a moment of silence for Mike Brown, peace in this country and around the world,” said the rapper.

    MTV VMAS 2014 Complete Winners List (Updating Live)
    MTV VMAS 2014 Complete Winners List (Updating Live)

    There was also a brief montage of images of Robin Williams to salute the late comic actor.

    But the night ultimately belonged to Beyonce.

    Besides netting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — an honor previously bestowed on pop’s most visually-savvy artists, from Madonna to Peter Gabriel to Justin Timberlake to Jackson himself — Beyonce had been up for eight other awards. Her nominations included “Video of the Year” for “Drunk In Love,” which features husband Jay-Z.

    Before the telecast began, boy band 5 Seconds of Summer continued their season to remember by winning the award for Best Lyric Video for their hit, “Don’t Stop.”

     

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