It was a big night for Fifth Harmony at the the 31st Annual MTV Video Music Awards, held at The Forum in Los Angeles on Aug. 24, 2014. Not only did Fifth Harmony perform “BO$$” at the ceremony’s pre-show, but Fifth Harmony also won the award for Artist to Watch for the music video “Miss Movin’ On.” It was the first time that a former contestant from “The X Factor” U.S. won an MTV Video Music Award. Fifth Harmony came in third place on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2012.
The other nominees in the Artist to Watch category were Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”; 5 Seconds of Summer’s “She Looks So Perfect”; Charli XCX’s “Boom Clap”; and Schoolboy Q’s “Man of the Year.”
In Fifth Harmony’s acceptance speech, group member Ally Brooke exclaimed, “I’m totally up here shaking. Thank you so much to everyone who voted. Thank you so much to families, to our friends, to our team: L.A. Reid, Simon Cowell. Thank you so much to God. Oh my gosh!”
Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello said, “And thank you so much to our fans, our Harmonizers. You guys go above and beyond for. You guys have changed our lives. Thank you so much We can’t thank you enough. Oh my God, I didn’t think we would win!”
Fifth Harmony’s Dinah Jane Hansen added, Mom, look what happened! We love you!”
Former “X Factor” U.S. judge Demi Lovato was a presenter at the show. She and Jason Derulo introduced Maroon 5’s performance. Derulo and Lovato both took the opportunity to shameless plug their respective tours.
A very pregnant Kelly Rowland was also at the show. Her “Dirty Laundry” video was nominated (but did not win) for Best Video With a Social Message. The winner in this category was Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts.” (Rowland and Beyoncé are former members of Destiny’s Child.) The other nominees were Avicii’s “Hey Brother”; J. Cole featuring TLC’s “Crooked Smile”; David Guetta featuring Mikky Ekko’s “One Voice”; and Angel Haze featuring Sia’s “Battle Cry.” Rowland was a judge on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2011 and a judge on “The X Factor” U.S. in 2013.
Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” won the award for Best Video of the Year. Cyrus stayed away from controversy at the award show, unlike at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, where her twerking and sexually suggestive performance caused a lot of outrage. Instead of taking the stage to give an acceptance speech at the 2014 Video Music Awards, Cyrus let a guy who said he used to be homeless deliver a statement about helping homeless people.
Cyrus was among the numerous celebrities who attended the 2014 MTV VMAs. Other stars at the show included MTV VMA winners Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer and Beyoncé, who was the recipient the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Other performers at the awards show included Beyoncé, Grande, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, Usher, Sam Smith, Taylor Swift and 5 Seconds of Summer.
Former “X Factor” U.K. boy band One Direction, which won MTV VMAs in 2012 and 2013, was completely snubbed for MTV VMA nominations in 2014. One Direction’s videos for “Story of My Life,” “Midnight Memories” and “You & I” were eligible but failed to score any nominations.
A complete list of winners of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards can be found at MTV.com.