2014 VMAs Performances

The 2014 VMAs — standing this year for the 2014 Video Minaj Awards — just concluded with a flurry of big-name performances in the books.

Nicki Minaj seemingly appeared in all of them. Ok, I’m exaggerating a little bit, but Nicki opened the show with Ariana Grande & Jessie J and performed with Usher too. Sam Smith slowed things down with his performance of the top 5 hit, “Stay With Me” (I think of John Legend’s song of nearly the same name when I hear this though, no shade.) Common led a moment of silence for #Ferguson — this is as great as it sounds on paper. Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora performed their Kill Bill-inspired “Black Widow”…

BUT it was Beyonce that stole the show away from Nicki and the others, making the VMAs her own. Her show-ending performance featured a snippeted version of every song from her self-titled album and about 47 heartwarming moments with Jay & Blue Ivy watching on. Fast forward all the way down for those. She was phenomenal, and her performance was phenomenal. Could the VMAs have closed out any more perfectly?

2014 VMAs Performances (Videos)

Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J


Rita Ora reacts.
Rita Ora reacts.

Usher & Nicki Minaj



Usher's fantastic photobomb is MEME'd.
Usher’s fantastic photobomb is MEME’d.


Sam Smith


Ariana & Big Sean (Photo)

FWIW, confirmation.
FWIW, confirmation.


Common leads moment of silence for #Ferguson

(Video hopefully coming soon)
(Video hopefully coming soon) Details


Hip hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change.


Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora


Somewhere… Drake is missing out on the VMAs…






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Blue Ivy dancing to “Flawless”

“Go Mommy!” — Blue Ivy