14
Search AOL Mail
AOL Mail
Menu
| Weather Weather
300

MTV VMAs 2014 winners and recap

Action both on and off the stage made the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards anything but low-key. Miley Cyrus' 'not impressed' face during Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' performance gave McKayla Maroney a run for her money. Beyoncé smashed divorce rumors during an utterly raw, nearly 20-minute performance where she cried, showed videos of daughter Blue Ivy and pulled her family up on stage to close the show.

Cyrus had a more subtle year compared to the last VMAs' infamous twerking-with-a-foam-finger exhibition. However, it was still controversial. Cyrus chose to have a homeless man named Jesse accept her 'Video of the Year' award for 'Wrecking Ball.' Jesse had a speech drawing attention to the issue of homeless youth in America that turned Cyrus' big win into a political statement.

Other big events everyone was buzzing about included Nicki Minaji's 'Anaconda' dance, Iggy Azalea falling off the stage, and Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff's throwback outfits that paid homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake's 2001 denim look.



In case you were unable to stay tuned to the wardrobe malfunctioning-eye rolling-twerking drama that is the VMAs, here is a quick refresher on who was up for a moonman and who took home MTV's top honors.

And the nominees (and winners) are...

Video of the Year

Beyoncé ft. Jay Z, "Drunk In Love"
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX, "Fancy"
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball" - WINNER
Pharrell Williams, "Happy"
Sia, "Chandelier"

Best Hip-Hop Video

Childish Gambino, "3005″
Drake ft. Majid Jordan, "Hold On (We're Going Home)" - WINNER
Eminem, "Berzerk"
Kanye West, "Black Skinhead"
Wiz Khalifa, "We Dem Boyz"

Best Male Video

Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams, "Sing" - WINNER
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" - WINNER
Lorde, "Royals"

Best Pop Video

Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea, "Problem" - WINNER
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" - WINNER

Artist to Watch, Presented by Taco Bell

5 Seconds of Summer, "She Looks So Perfect"
Charli XCX, "Boom Clap"
Fifth Harmony, "Miss Movin' On" -- WINNER
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" -- WINNER
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" -- WINNER

Best Video With A Social Message

Angel Haze ft. Sia, "Battle Cry"
Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski, "Hey Brother"
Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts" -- WINNER
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" -- WINNER
Gesaffelstein, "Hate Or Glory"
Lana Del Rey, "West Coast"

Best Editing

Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
Eminem, "Rap God" -- WINNER
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" -- WINNER
Usher, "Good Kisser"

Best Direction

Beyoncé, "Pretty Hurts"
DJ Snake & Lil Jon, "Turn Down For What" -- WINNER
Eminem ft. Rihanna, "The Monster"
Miley Cyrus, "Wrecking Ball"
OK Go, "The Writing's On The Wall"

Best Art Direction

Arcade Fire, "Reflektor" -- WINNER
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" -- WINNER

More VMA news from AOL.com:
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during VMA performance
Katy Perry borrows a style seen in 2001
Jennifer Lopez sports sexy cut-out gown at VMAs, shows tons of skin
The worst reactions at the 2014 MTV VMAs
VMAs 2014 awkward red carpet moments
Ariana Grande ups ante in leather at MTV awards

WATCH: The VMAs' Most Awkward Red Carpet Moments

Popular Stories

More From Our Partners