Most memorable moments from the 2014 MTV VMAs

Beyonce smiles with Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy after accepting the Video Vanguard Award on stage...

Beyonce smiles with Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy after accepting the Video Vanguard Award on stage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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Anaconda twerks, an epic performance from Beyonce (and appearance from baby Blue) and a good old-fashioned wardrobe malfunction. That’s what you missed if you didn’t catch the VMAs last night. Here are the top moments:

Amber Rose’s un-dress

If Wiz Khalifa’s plan was to have no one on the planet notice him at all last night – mission accomplished - thanks to his wife’s barely-there-string-of-beads dress. It’s almost as jaw-dropping as the one Rose McGowan wore to the VMAs back in 1998.


Amber Rose and Rose McGowan (Reuters files).

Taylor Swift has legs and wants you to know it

Don’t babies usually rock this look? Taylor Swift gets maximum leg extention in high heels and a onesie. To make it worse, she must have consulted a blind man on the pattern.

Nicki Minaj in the opening number:

It didn’t matter that Minaj was lipsyncing - words were definitely secondary in this performance of Anaconda. In just a few short minutes, Minaj grabbed the twerking title away from Miley Cyrus and took the title of world’s most talked-about butt away from Kim Kardashian. And Kimmie didn’t seem to mind. Oh, Ariana Grande and Jessie J were also onstage, but no one really noticed.

Nicki Minaj’s wardrobe malfunction

Despite slithering around the stage and giving her pelvis a workout during her Anaconda performance, it turns out Minaj does have a little modesty after all. After a quick costume change, Minaj came back onstage clenching the front of her dress - and it was clearly split right down the middle. Props to Minaj for literally “holding it together.”


Reuters photo.

Riff Raff and Katy Perry need to get paid by Levi Strauss

Katy Perry arrived with Riff Raff dressed head-to-toe in denim, conjuring up bad memories of Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake’s ill-advised red carpet choices back in 2001.

Taylor Swift sheds country image:

The only thing country about Swift last night was the fringe on her very short skirt. She sang her latest single “Shake It Off” – and made it clear she’s a bonifide POP star now.

And she danced like this:

She was putting her arms in the air and waving them like she just didn’t care. Fortunately for us – MTV captured this on its audience cam.

Common asks for moment of silence

The socially conscious rappers got the VMA crowd to bow their heads for a moment of silence in honour of Ferguson, Missouri. That moment was lasted about one second.

Miley Cyrus earns some serious classy points

 

In one of the night’s biggest surprises, Cyrus did a 180-degree turn from last year’s twerk fest, by having a homeless man accept the Video of the Year Award on her behalf. Cyrus sat offstage wiping tears from her eyes and let him take the spotlight. This was so refreshing.

Beyonce gets the VMAs to bow down

 

Beyonce has been telling us that we should all bow down before her since her album dropped, but tonight she proved why.

Between a twelve song medley performance (with an appearance from her trusted Parisian dancers, Les Twins), Beyonce managed to astound and probably arouse her fans all at the same time.

 

She gets extra points for bringing hubbie Jay and baby Blue Ivy on stage to create the picturesque American royal family of modern day music.

Fine Queen Bey, we’ll bow down now.


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