The VMAs 2014: And the Winners Were [Recap/Review]


The Video Music Awards, otherwise known as the VMAs, rocked out The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Beyonce gave an amazing performance of a medley of some of her songs off of her latest album and she accepted the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. It was AMAZING! Bsesides Beyonce, the hottest performers of today performed, like Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds to Summer, Maroon 5, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande.

The VMA for the Video of the Year was presented by Jimmy Fallon. It went to Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus. The Guardian Liberty Voice Pick (GLVP) was that the song Drunk In Love by Beyonce and Jay Z would win, but that did not happen. The other songs that were nominated were Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX) singing Fancy; Sia with her video Chandelier and Pharrell Williams and his hit video, Happy.

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Best Male Video was presented by Chelsea Handler and it went to Ed Sheeran (feat. Pharrell Williams) for his great video, Sing. The other nominees were Eminem (featuring Rihanna) for The Monster; John Legend for All of Me; Sam Smith for Stay with Me; and, Pharrell Williams for Happy. The GLVP was Happy by Pharrell Williams. So far, the record for the GLVPs is 0 and 2.

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Best Female Video was presented by Snoop Dogg and Gwen Stefani. It was won by Dark Horse, by Katy Perry (featuring Juicy J). The other women who were nominated were Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX) singing Fancy; Beyoncé with her Partition video; Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea) in the video for Problem; and, Lorde in her Royals video. The GLVP was for Lorde with her hit video, Royals. It obviously did not win….

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Best Pop Video was presented by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, who first did a funny comedy bit. It was won by Ariana Grande (featuring Iggy Azalea) for the video of the cool song, Problem. The other performers who were nominated were Avicii (featuring Aloe Blacc) for Wake Me Up; Iggy Azalea (featuring Charli XCX) for Fancy; Jason Derulo (featuring 2 Chainz) for the hit, Talk Dirty; and, Happy by Pharrell Williams. The GLVP was for Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo (feat. 2 Chainz).

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Best Rock Video was presented by actress Nina Dobrev and Trey Songz. It was won by Lorde for her excellent song, Royals. The GLVP was for an entirely different song, of course — consistency is everything — it was for Demons, by Imagine Dragons. The other nominees were Fever, by Black Keys; Royals, by Lorde; Do I Wanna Know? by Arctic Monkeys; and, Until It’s Gone, by Linkin Park.

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video was presented by Common, who also spoke about what has been going on in Ferguson, Missouri. It was taken this year by Drake (featuring Majid Jordan) for the video Hold On, We’re Going Home. The GLVP: Hold On (We’re Going Home), by Drake (feat. Majid Jordan). Alright, one win, finally! Also nominated were We Dem Boyz by Wiz Khalifa; 3005, by Childish Bambino; Berzerk, by Eminem; and, Black Skinhead, by Kanye West.

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Artist to Watch was presnted by Jay Pharoah and it was won by Fifth Harmony for the song Miss Movin’ On. However, the GLVP was for an entirely different song, She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer. The other three videos nominated were Boom Clap by Iggy Azalea (feat. Charli XCX); Man of the Year by Schoolboy Q; and, Stay With Me by Sam Smith.

The VMAs 2014 VMA for Best Video With a Social Message was won by the Beyoncé video, Pretty Hurts. The GLVP was for Hey Brother, by Avicii (feat. Dan Tyminski). The other nominees were Kelly Rowland, with Dirty Laundry; Angel Haze (feat. Sia), with Battle Cry; J. Cole, with Crooked Smile; and, David Guetta (feat. Mikky Ekko), with One Voice.

The VMAS 2014 VMA for Best Collaboration had six nominees: Pitbull (feat. Kesha), with Timber; Katy Perry (feat, Juicy J), with Dark Horse; Ariana Grande (feat. Iggy Azalea), with Problem; Beyonce (feat. Jay Z), Drunk in Love; Chris Brown (feat. Lil Wayne & Tyga), with Loyaland; and, Eminem (feat. Rihanna), with The Monster. The GLVP: Beyonce (feat. Jay Z), Drunk in Love. The VMA went to — WOO-HOO! — Drunk In Love by Beyoncé and Jay Z.

The VMAs 2104 VMA for the MTV Clubland Award had five nominees: Zedd (feat. Hayley Williams), with Stay the Night; Calvin Harris, with Summer; Martin Garrix, with Animals; DJ Snake and Lil Jon, with Turn Down for What; and, Disclosure, for Grab Her. The GLVP: DJ Snake and Lil Jon, with Turn Down for What. The actual MTV Clubland Award went to Zedd (feat. Hayley williams), with Stay the Night.

Besides the musical artists who won VMAs, Jennifer Lopez presented Iggy Azalea singing Black Widow. Also, Maroon 5 gave an outdoors performance, singing to a huge crowd who were waving their arms in the air. Adam Levine sang Maps. Then, there was a fantastic performance by Ariana Grande singing Break Free after she emerged from a spaceship wearing a silver-colored costume and high silver-colored boots. Nicki Minaj joined her onstage, singing; then, Jessie J sang Bang Bang with Ariana. It was a pretty awesome performance!

Yet another highlight of the VMAs was Taylor Swift rockin’ the place with her new song, Shake It Off. She was showing some serious skin, getting the audience fired up with her performance. Earning every country award in history was apparently not enough for her. Also, 5 Seconds of Summer gave a terrific performance of their hit, Amnesia, and Sam Smith sang his hit, Stay With Me.

The biggest highlight of the VMAs was, arguably, when Beyoncé performed a medley of Mine, Haunted, Pretty Hurts, No Angel, Jealous, Blow, Drunk in Love, Rocket, Partition, Superpower, Flawless, Yonce, Blue, and XO. Other than some twerking by Nicki Minaj, this year’s VMAs was relatively free of controversy. Please leave comments below!

Written By Douglas Cobb

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