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, 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.”