The winners were announced at the 31st annual (2014) MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and it turned out to be a good night for quite a few artists and a great night for Beyonce, who took home four of the silver moonman trophies. So dominant was the R&B singer’s win total, no other artist received a second trophy in the other fourteen categories (that’s 15 winners or winning acts in all, for all those not mathematically inclined). Even so, Queen Bey still did not take home the night’s biggest trophy, Video of the Year. That went to Miley Cyrus.
Of course, as Rolling Stone pointed out in its recap of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) Aug. 25, you might have thought that Beyonce only won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, because the other three wins weren’t televised. In fact, the video awards show only televised seven awards presentations, which left 11 not shown. And even though not seeing all of the awards presented at any particular awards show is common (they’re announced prior to commercials or before a presentation, most often when the presenter is an award winner). But MTV wrapped up the annual ceremony a quarter-hour early, time to present one, two, three, perhaps even four more moonmen. Hey, just cut Beyonce’s show-ending 12-song medley routine in half and another two or three awards could have been presented. It is an awards ceremony after all.
Still, it should be noted that the awards not given television time were of the more technical variety — cinematography, art direction, choreography, and editing.
But even with four wins on the night, the biggest award, Video of the Year, eluded Beyonce. Oh, she was nominated for it (she was nominated for eight awards, tied with rapper Iggy Azalea), but she did not get it. That went to another celebrity whose name is as prevalent in tabloid headlines as Beyonce’s — Miley Cyrus. Cyrus won for her ode to naked swinging, “Wrecking Ball.”
Other winners in genre categories included Lorde’s “Royals” for Best Rock Video, Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” for Best Female Video, Ariana Grande’s “Problem” for Best Pop Video, Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” for Best Male Video, and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” for Best Hip-Hop Video.
“X Factor” alum Fifth Harmony took home the Artist To Watch award for “Miss Movin’ On,” while 5 Seconds of Summer took home the award for Best Lyric Video for “Don’t Stop.”
And Beyonce? She not only won the Vanguard Award, she won for Best Collaboration (with husband Jay-Z) for “Drunk In Love,” Best Cinematography (“Pretty Hurts”), and Best Video with a Social Message (“Pretty Hurts”).
Miley Cyrus might not have won for a video with a great social message but she didn’t let that stop her from giving a good one. In an homage to Marlon Brando’s social commentary move to allow a Native American accept his Oscar in 1973 to show his support for the American Indian Movement, Miley Cyrus allowed her date for the night to accept her moonman trophy for her. As it turned out, he was a homeless man. In accepting Miley’s award, as she sat and watched with tears in her eyes, Jesse Holt tried, EOnline reported, to make more Americans aware of the “1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving and lost and scared for their lives.”
It’s been a year since she controversially twerked with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Since then, it seems that she has done everything she could to offend every living human on the planet, but Miley Cyrus, in a gracious act of charity, may have redeemed herself in the eyes of any fans she might have lost along the way. And she may have picked up a few more as well.
MTV Video Music Awards 2014 Winners List
Video of the Year: Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Best Hip Hop: Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On (We’re Going Home)”
Best Male: Ed Sheeran – “Sing”
Best Female: Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Best Pop: Ariana Grande feat. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Best Rock: Lorde – “Royals”
MTV Artist to Watch: Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin On”
Best Collaboration: Beyoncé & Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
MTV Clubland Award: Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”
Best Video With a Social Message: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Best Cinematography: Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Best Editing: Eminem – “Rap God”
Best Choreography: Sia – “Chandelier”
Best Direction : DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Best Art Direction: Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Best Visual Effects: OK Go – “The Writing’s On the Wall”
Best Lyric Video: 5 Seconds of Summer – “Don’t Stop”
Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: Beyoncé