Who were the real winners and losers of the 2014 MTV VMAs?

MTV VMAs

If there’s one award show that guarantees drama each year it’s the MTV Video Music Awards.

The celebration has been the host of a number of infamous incidents in the past – Madonna controversially kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on stage in 2007, Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech in 2009 and last year Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke shocked audiences with their risqué performance of Blurred Lines.

Lorde, Ed Sheeran and 5 Seconds of Summer were amongst those to walk away with a moon man trophy this year, but who were the real winners and losers of the night?

Winners…

Beyonce

The verdict from Twitter was that Beyonce ruled the night with her extravaganza of a performance and emotional acceptance of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. However, she may have been slightly overshadowed by her adorable daughter…

Blue Ivy Carter

After announcing her pregnancy at the 2011 VMAs, Beyonce brought Blue Ivy along to this year’s awards. The toddler stole the show with her adorable dancing and even Katy Perry tweeted that her “life is over” because the child waved at her.

Miley Cyrus

Following last year’s catastrophic performance of Blurred Lines with Robin Thicke, all eyes were on Miley Cyrus at the 2014 VMAs.

After winning the Video of the Year award the singer sent a homeless teenager named Jesse onto the stage to collect the moon man trophy. Jesse then directed viewers to Cyrus’s Facebook page, where the star encouraged people to donate to My Friend’s Place, a homeless shelter in Hollywood.

Sam Smith

Sam Smith’s incredible stripped-back rendition of Stay With Me wowed the VMA audience, who could be heard singing along with him during the captivating performance.

Katy Perry

Katy Perry decided to channel Britney Spears with her VMA outfit by rocking double denim alongside Riff Raff, her collaborator on This Is How We Do. She admitted that her look was inspired by ‘nostalgia’ and her ‘Tumblr addiction’ and Britney even tweeted that she thought Katy looked great.

Losers…

Amber Rose

Amber Rose’s outfit was inspired by another VMA trendsetter, Rose McGowan, but she turned heads at this year’s awards for all of the wrong reasons. There’s having fun with a throwback outfit and then there’s being nearly nude.

The Kardashians

When rapper Common requested that the audience should have a minute’s silence as a tribute to the Ferguson conflict, Kim, Kylie and Kendall appeared to be looking at their phones. In fact, the sisters were frequently on their phones throughout the night and viewers were unimpressed by their lack of respect.

Nicki Minaj

After it was revealed that her backing dancer had been bitten by a snake during rehearsals it was clear that Nicki Minaj had grand plans for the VMAs. However, many were unimpressed with her suggestive dancing when performing Anaconda and then she had that dress malfunction on-stage with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.

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Timeline of the MTV VMAs

The 2012 MTV VMA logo

Each year, MTV holds the highly popular Video Music Awards, better known as the VMAs. The infamous ‘moon trophy’ is given out in a number of different categories including ‘Video of the Year’, ‘Video With a Message’ and ‘Best Editing’. This year’s event celebrated the diverse range of genres currently popular amongst young audiences with performances from Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Green Day, Pink, Alicia Keys and One Direction.

Whilst the 2012 award show ran through fairly drama-free, in the past it has been known to play host to some fairly controversial moments. This year’s host, Kevin Hart, used his opening monologue as an opportunity to warn the audience he is likely to make mistakes and to prepare themselves for the unexpected. After talking about some of the well-publicised mistakes of the year, including Kristen Stewart’s affair and Chris Brown and Drake’s New York bar brawl, Hart said:

“People here have made mistakes before, Kanye West, Lil’ Mama coming on stage when Jay-Z and Alicia Keys were performing, Britney Spears and Madonna, when they kissed, Russell Brand hosting… twice. The point is guess what people tonight I will make tons of mistakes and I suggest you prep yourselves”

This timeline will run through some of the key dates and performances featured on the VMAs as well as some of the more controversial events to happen over the 28 years.

1984 – The first VMA ceremony is held at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

1988 – Michael Jackson appears at the award show for the first time with a pre-recorded performance of Bad.

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin is assaulted by Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil.

1991 – A fistfight occurred backstage between Poison’s Bret Michaels and C.C. DeVille due to ongoing conflict about DeVille’s cocaine addiction. On-stage DeVille began playing the wrong song and his guitar lead disconnected during the performance. He was fired as a result.

1992 – MTV requested that Nirvana play ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘, despite the fact the band wanted to play their new song ‘Rape Me’, eventually MTV and the band settled on ‘Lithium’ as their performance. However, Kurt Cobain sang the first few lines of ‘Rape Me’ before playing ‘Lithium’. Furthermore, during the performance, bassist Krist Novoselic threw his bass as it stopped functioning, hitting him on the forehead.

During the 1992 awards show Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain challenged each other to a fight. Cobain spat on a piano on stage, believing it to be the one Axl Rose would be playing, only to find Elton John to come out and perform with Guns N’ Roses.

1994 – Newly married Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley walk out on stage to a standing ovation.

1995 – Hole perform in their first major televised performance since the death of Kurt Cobain and bassist Kristen Pfaff. Courtney love dedicated the song to them both as well as other friends who had died, including River Phoenix.

1996 – Van Halen make their first public appearance together since their break up in 1985.

1997 – Foo Fighter’s Pat Smear announced he was leaving the band and presented his replacement Franz Stahl. He would re-join the band as a touring musician in 2006.

2001 – Britney Spears’ performance of ‘I’m a Slave For You’ receives criticism from animal rights group PETA for it’s inclusion of a live Burmese Python and a tiger.

2002 – Eminem challenges Moby to a fight on-stage as he is booed whilst accepting an award.

2003 – Madonna performs ‘Like a Virgin’ and ‘Hollywood’ with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Madonna dressed as a groom and kissed her two ‘brides’ on-stage.

2007 – Britney Spears sings ‘Gimme More’ for the first time following her well-publicised personal problems. The performance is given negative reviews due to her miming and disheveled appearance.

Kid Rock and Tommy Lee start a physical fight whilst Alicia Keys is performing on-stage.

2008 – Russell Brand hosts the award show for the first time and shocks American audiences with his controversial jokes.

2009 – Kanye West runs on-stage whilst Taylor Swift is accepting an award for ‘Best Female Video’ and proclaims that Beyoncé should have won. When Beyoncé wins an award later on, she invites Swift to give her speech again. Swift would perform a song about the situation, ‘Innocent’, the following year.

2011 – Lady Gaga appears at the show dressed as her alter-ego Jo Calderone. She performs ‘You and I’ with Brian May.

Beyoncé announces her pregnancy on the red carpet and makes reference to it during her performance of ‘Love on Top’