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Trophies often take a back seat at the VMAs to all of the craziness but this year wasn’t too crazy. Miley Cyrus won the top honor Sunday at the MTV Video Music Awards, but it was Beyonce‘s finale performance and the on-stage cameos of Jay Z and Blue Ivy that stole the night. In fact as Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award after her electrifying performance (of her entire self-titled album), Blue Ivy was shown clapping her hands and saying “Yay, Mommy” into the mic. Jay Z called her the “greatest living entertainer.” Cyrus won the video of the year for “Wrecking Ball” and Nicki Minaj opened with her rump-shaking “Anaconda”.
Performers included Taylor Swift, Usher, Sam Smith, Maroon 5, Rita Ora, and Iggy Azalea. Rapper-actor Common also held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, before he presented the award for best Hip-Hop video. “Hip-Hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar,” Common said. “Hip-Hop has always presented a voice for the revolution.” The 2014 MTV VMAS brought great excitement to Inglewood, California Sunday night.
AllHipHop caught up with a few artists and personalities on the red carpet. Check out the recap video below.