MTV VMA Highlights Have A Former Homeless Youth Accept Award For Miley Cyrus And Big Finish From Beyonce
August 25, 2014 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Last year, MILEY CYRUS was the talk of the MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS after her infamous twerking performance with ROBIN THICKE. This year, she transformed herself in receiving the Video Of The Year award for "Wrecking Ball." Rather than doing anything outrageous, CYRUS had a man -- who described himself as a former homeless youth -- accept her award.
"The music industry will make over $7 billion this year," the man said, "and outside these doors are 54,000 human beings who have no place to call home tonight." He asked both the live audience and those watching on TV to visit CYRUS' website to get more information about youth homelessness.
Other news events made it to the stage, as Rapper COMMON touched upon the recent violence in FERGUSON, MO, before giving the hip-hop video award to DRAKE featuring MAJID JORDAN for "Hold On (Were Going Home)."
"Hip-hop has always stood for the truth," COMMON said. He then called for "a moment of silence for MIKE BROWN and for peace, in this country and in the world," referring to the shooting death in FERGUSON.
What MTV VMA show would be complete without a wardrobe malfunction though? THE LOS ANGELES TIMES notes, "Barely five minutes in, rapper NICKI MINAJ experienced what appeared on camera to be a wardrobe malfunction, clutching the open front of a black mini-dress she wore as if the cutaway in the front was too revealing," and added, "Musical performances trump the actual awards, but for the record, besides CYRUS' win for top video, other key 'Moonman' trophies went to ED SHEERAN featuring PHARRELL WILLIAMS for 'Sing,' best male video; KATY PERRY featuring JUICY J for 'Dark Horse,' female video; ARIANA GRANDE featuring IGGY AZALEA for 'Problem,' pop video; and LORDE for 'Royals,' rock video.
BEYONCE was awarded the MICHAEL JACKSON VIDEO VANGUARD AWARD, and wrapped up the show with a 15-plus minute medley of every song from her 2013 album "Beyonce," including "Drunk in Love" (during which cameras cut to shot of husband JAY Z and their daughter BLUE IVY), "Rocket," "Partition," "Blue" and "XO."
See all the VMA winners here.