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Published: Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 8:25:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday August 26, 2014 MYT 8:50:21 AM

Sex, tears and rock n' roll: Ladies rule at MTV awards

With raunchy moves and emotional tears, the ladies steal the show at this year’s MTV awards.

With some twerking and shaking, the leading ladies of pop music dominate this year's MTV Video Music Awards – as an emotional Miley Cyrus bags the biggest award of the night and a touching moment between Beyonce and her family lead the Moonman award wins of the night of Aug 24.

Cyrus, who set tongues wagging last year with her raunchy “twerking” during her VMAs performance, wins Video of the Year for Wrecking Ball, the Terry Richardson-directed video in which she cavorts naked on a wrecking ball.

Opting not to collect her award personally, Cyrus sat in the audience instead, holding back tears while a homeless young man named Jesse accepted it on her behalf. “I’ve cleaned your hotels rooms, I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your life. Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have many of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight,” said the young man.

While Cyrus seems to have dialed down her outrageous behaviour, saying that she has “retired” her explicit grinding dance moves earlier on the red carpet, it was up to rapper Nicki Minaj to carry the raunch torch. Minaj was more than ready for the challenge, kicking off the show with a rump-grinding routine to the hip hop beats of her latest single Anaconda, all while scantily-clad and twerking against a jungle-themed backdrop.

Of course, all of it has become standard, expected almost. Since launching in 1984, Viacom-owned MTV’s VMAs have become synonymous with irreverence and unscripted moments that have become part of music history, and all eyes were on whoever delivered the most outrageous or unplanned stunt.

Beyonce's moment

Beyonce, delivered the night’s most touching moment when accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award for her lifetime achievement in music from her husband, rapper Jay Z, who called her the “greatest living entertainer.” Jay Z, carrying the couple’s daughter Blue Ivy, then shared a kiss onstage with his wife, who was overcome with emotion, saying “I have nothing to say, I am so full from gratitude.”

Teary versus Raunchy: Beyonce (above) gets emotional on stage as her husband Jay Z, carrying their daughter Blue Ivy, presented the singer with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in recognition of her music and videos. Nicki Minaj (below, lying on the stage) performing her raunchy number Anaconda with a raunchy routine. – Reuters

The singer, dressed in a sparkly bodysuit and surrounded by large screens and silhouetted dancers, performed a mini-concert of her hits including Haunted, Drunk in Love, Partition and Blue, her ode to her daughter. Beyonce picked up three other awards; Best Collaboration for Drunk in Love with Jay Z, and Best Cinematography and Video with a Social Message for Pretty Hurts.

Pop music’s ladies delivered high-octane performances throughout the night. Ariana Grande kicked off the show with Break Free before joining Minaj and Jessie J for Bang Bang. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift debuted her upbeat first single Shake It Off from her upcoming pop album 1989 while Azalea and British singer Rita Ora performed their sultry track Black Widow.

In stark contrast to the over-the-top performances by the ladies of pop on the VMAs stage, the lads of pop seem content to keep their clothes on and deliver low-key performances. British newcomer Sam Smith used a bare set to showcase his voice on his hit Stay With Me, while rockers Maroon 5 performed Maps from the newly renovated Forum Theatre in Inglewood, with hundreds of fans.

Antics: Comedic actor Jim Carrey (above, left) stages a fall, while cohort Jeff Daniels (far right) watches, as they appeared on stage to present an award. Below, the awards also show included a tribute to recently departed comedian Robin Williams. – Reuters
 

The presenters also got in on the fun, with Jim Carrey tumbling on stage while announcing Best Pop Video with Jeff Daniels – the two recently re-united to film a sequel to their hit comedy Dumb & Dumber – while Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah impersonated Jay Z and Kanye West.

Other top winners of the fan-voted awards included Katy Perry landing the best female video Moonman for the Cleopatra-themed music video for Dark Horse. British singer Ed Sheeran won best male video Moonman Sing, Lorde won best rock video for Royals, and Grande won best pop video for Problem featuring Azalea.

In the tightly contested Artist to Watch category, girl group Fifth Harmony’s Miss Movin’ On beat out Australian boyband 5 Seconds of Summer, rapper Schoolboy Q and British singers Sam Smith and Charlie XCX. Girls rule! – Reuters

MTV Video Music Awards 2014 - Full list of winners

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

Winner: Miley Cyrus poses backstage with her award for Video of the Year.

ARTIST TO WATCH
Fifth Harmony – Miss Movin’ On

BEST MALE VIDEO
Ed Sheeran – Sing

BEST FEMALE VIDEO
Katy Perry feat. Juicy J – Dark Horse

BEST POP VIDEO
Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – Problem

BEST HIP HOP VIDEO
Drake feat. Majid Jordan – Hold On (We’re Going Home)

BEST ROCK VIDEO
Lorde – Royals

Kiwi singer Lorde is escorted backstage after receiving her award for Best Rock Video. 

BEST LYRIC VIDEO
5 Seconds of Summer – Don’t Stop

BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGE
Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts

BEST COLLABORATION VIDEO
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – Drunk In Love

MTV CLUBLAND AWARD
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – Stay the Night

BEST CHOREOGRAPHY
Sia – Chandelier

BEST EDITING
Eminem – Rap God

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
OK Go – The Writing’s On the Wall

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Beyoncé – Pretty Hurts

BEST ART DIRECTION
Arcade Fire – Reflektor

BEST DIRECTION
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – Turn Down For What

MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD
Beyoncé 

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Music, MTV Music Video Awards, VMAs, winner, ladies, 2014, Miley Cyrus, Video of the Year, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Arianna Grande

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