VMAs 2014: Even More Than Miley

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

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As conversations about last year’s twerk-tastic Video Music Awards wind down (though they will never erase from memory, entirely), the year’s biggest celebration of pop music returned this weekend, leaving us with fresh fodder for conversation and pop culture references. Among its many notable moments, there was a breathtaking performance from Queen Bey, who was joined by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy, giving us a touching glimpse of the First Family of Hip-Hop… a moving moment when Common, presenter of the Moonman for Best Hip Hop video, talked about Ferguson and asked the audience to take a moment of silence to remember Michael Brown… and a stirring performance from Usher, who was joined on-stage by Nicki Minaj. Most of us wondered, though, what Miley would do to follow her steal-showing act from last year, featuring Robin Thicke. She didn’t disappoint, surprising us by taking a totally a different route at this year’s awards. She drummed up buzz — and a great deal of goodwill — without leaving her seat. Instead, she sent a young homeless man named Jesse as her proxy to accept her award for Best Music Video (for “Wrecking Ball”). You can read more about it in the NY Times, watch the heart-warming acceptance speech above, and check out more highlights from the show (and red carpet) here.

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