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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

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Rita Ora reacts.
Rita Ora reacts.

Usher & Nicki Minaj

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

 

Sam Smith

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Ariana & Big Sean (Photo)

FWIW, confirmation.
FWIW, confirmation.

 

Common leads moment of silence for #Ferguson

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(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

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Somewhere… Drake is missing out on the VMAs…

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Beyonce

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Blue Ivy dancing to “Flawless”

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“Go Mommy!” — Blue Ivy

Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special

Here’s the funniest thing you’ll see all day.

Seth Rogen & James Franco, longtime buddy actor/comedians, are also hosting this year’s VMAs and for some creative promo, they stage the fictitious talk show: Dave Skylark’s Very Special VMA Special. Franco plays a deliberately dumb and inappropriate talk show host with Seth Rogen as the head producer directing things from the control room.

Among Skylark’s guests: Jason Derulo, Iggy Azalea, and Nicki Minaj who all appear and have to put up with Skylark’s ridiculous questions. Franco, as you’d assume, pulls all of them off perfectly with each segment with the artist getting exceedingly awkward and confrontational. There are numerous, hilarious highlights in all of the segments with Ben Schwartz also appearing as each artist’s publicist. Love the premise, love the execution so put aside 20 minutes, enjoy a late lunch, and watch above.

Look out for the text descriptions that are added in each segment. They’re all flawless. Example:

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Also: easily one of my favorite questions.

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“It was honestly so hard not to bust out laughing at this question, great job @sethrogen & @jamesfrancotv”

2014 VMA Nominations

(FWIW) The 2014 VMA Nominations! Usually, I’m not much for the awards part of awards shows, but this year’s MTV VMA nominations are packed with some quality videos and even a cool new category with substance: “Best Video With A Social Message”. Beyonce leads all artist with 8 nominations as Eminem and Iggy Azalea also lead strong with 7 each. Any predictions?

Video of the Year
» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
» Sia, “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video
» Childish Gambino, “3005″
» Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
» Eminem, “Berzerk”
» Kanye West, “Black Skinhead”
» Wiz Khalifa, “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video
» Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, “Sing”
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
» John Legend, “All of Me”
» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”
» Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”

Best Female Video
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
» Beyoncé, “Partition”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
» Lorde, “Royals”

Best Pop Video
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
» Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
» Pharrell Williams, “Happy”

Best Rock Video
» Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
» Black Keys, “Fever”
» Imagine Dragons, “Demons”
» Linkin Park, “Until It’s Gone”
» Lorde, “Royals”

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell
» 5 Seconds of Summer, “She Looks So Perfect”
» Charli XCX, “Boom Clap”
» Fifth Harmony, “Miss Movin’ On”
» Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
» Schoolboy Q, “Man of the Year”

Best Collaboration
» Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, “Problem”
» Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, “Drunk In Love”
» Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga, “Loyal”
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
» Katy Perry ft. Juicy J, “Dark Horse”
» Pitbull ft. Kesha, “Timber”

MTV Clubland Award
» Calvin Harris, “Summer”
» Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
» Martin Garrix, “Animals”
» Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Video With A Social Message
» Angel Haze ft. Sia, “Battle Cry”
» Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski, “Hey Brother”
» Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
» David Guetta, “One Voice”
» J. Cole, “Crooked Smile”
» Kelly Rowland, “Dirty Laundry”

Best Cinematography
» 30 Seconds to Mars, “City of Angels”
» Arcade Fire, “Afterlife”
» Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
» Gesaffelstein, “Hate Or Glory”
» Lana Del Rey, “West Coast”

Best Editing
» Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
» Eminem, “Rap God”
» Fitz and the Tantrums, “The Walker”
» MGMT, “Your Life is a Lie”
» Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Stay the Night”

Best Choreography
» Beyoncé, “Partition”
» Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz, “Talk Dirty”
» Kiesza, “Hideaway”
» Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake, “Love Never Felt So Good”
» Sia, “Chandelier”
» Usher, “Good Kisser”

Best Direction
» Beyoncé, “Pretty Hurts”
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
» Eminem ft. Rihanna, “The Monster”
» Miley Cyrus, “Wrecking Ball”
» OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”

Best Art Direction
» Arcade Fire, “Reflektor”
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
» Eminem, “Rap God”
» Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
» Tyler, the Creator, “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
» Disclosure, “Grab Her!”
» DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down For What”
» Eminem, “Rap God”
» Jack White, “Lazaretto”
» OK Go, “The Writing’s On The Wall”