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The Best Moments from the @MTVza #VMAs

As predicted, it was Beyoncé night. The signer walked away with four awards, including the MTV VMA Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The 20 minute performance she did and then Blue Ivy and Jay Z coming on stage to give her the award, was really great. Plus she SHUT DOWN THE RUMOURS! Jay and Bey are for real, yo! For real! But many other things happened at the MTV VMAs, which you can catch on MTV tonight at 8pm. The Washington Post's Emily Yahr lists the best moments of the night.

Thanks to Miley Cyrus’s ridiculous opening performance last year, we might have had unrealistic expectations for the craziness of the MTV Video Music Awards. Save for an epic finale by Beyoncé — and an adorable appearance by Jay Z and Blue Ivy — it was a rather low-key show.

Here are some of the highlights and what you missed:

So yeah, that Beyoncé moment. Maybe the show was so laidback so that no one would overshadow the Queen Bey herself. The superstar, honored with the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, delivered an intense 15-minute performance with excerpts from various songs (“***Flawless,” “Drunk in Love,” “Mine,” etc.) and mesmerizing dancing throughout them all. (Read more about the segment here.)

The best part? Husband Jay Z arriving on stage with their toddler daughter, Blue Ivy, to present his wife with the award, calling her “the greatest living entertainer.” Beyoncé was near tears as she accepted it, and the whole family embraced in a hug.

Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj collaborated somewhat seamlessly for the opening performance of “Bang Bang” — though Minaj stole all the thunder with her wardrobe malfunction, expertly holding her dress together like this happens all the time.

Minaj also kicked things off by twerking through her latest single, “Anaconda,” while covered in snake scales and the censors worked overtime to bleep out certain words from the lyrics. Bonus: There were no actual snakes to be found on stage, given that one bit Minaj’s back-up dancer during rehearsals.

Taylor Swift dressed in a sparkly two-piece surrounded by tuxedo-clad gentleman for a rendition of her new song “Shake It Off,” taking her awkward dance moves to new heights. It wasn’t nearly as bizarre as anything she did dancing in her seat, as usual. 

Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff channeled some old school Britney Spears/Justin Timberlake for their denim wardrobe choices.

Lorde gave an endearing and very confused speech as she ran on stage to accept her prize for Best Rock Video. “Is there, like, a specific place I’m supposed to be looking?” she asked, searching for a camera. Eventually she found it. And then swore on air. And then apologized for swearing on air.

Jay Pharoah of “Saturday Night Live” wasn’t really the host, but he sure acted like one, bridging the gap between performers with impressions. (Jay Z, Kanye West, etc.) For the latter, the cameras went straight over to Kim Kardashian, naturally.

Hip hop artist/actor Common arrived to give a tribute to Ferguson, Mo. — MTV also aired a PSA. The show kept up the “real world problems” theme when Miley Cyrus had a homeless youth named Jesse go up in her place to accept the Video of the Year Award, where he talked about the 1.6 million homeless kids and runaways in Los Angeles. - Washington Post 

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