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Beyonce squashes rumors in typical genius Beyonce fashion at VMAs

Beyonce And Jay Z Kiss Onstage At VMAs, Squash Divorce Rumors

BY MESFIN FEKADU

Bow down: Beyonce was the reigning queen of Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

The diva closed the awards show with an epic nearly 20-minute performance. Tears streamed down her face as she was joined onstage by her beaming husband and daughter, amid the numerous rumors surrounding her marriage.

Beyonce sang and danced in a metallic leotard while Blue Ivy and Jay Z watched from their seats as the diva declared: "MTV, welcome to my world."

As Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, the VMA's version of a lifetime achievement award, at The Forum in Inglewood, California, she kissed her daughter and husband Jay Z, who called her the "greatest living entertainer." The duo won best collaboration for the hit "Drunk In Love."

"I have nothing to say but I am filled with so much gratitude," she told the cheering crowd as they chanted her name repeatedly.

Her performance easily outdid her competition throughout the night, though Beyonce lost video of the year, which instead went to Miley Cyrus who let a homeless man accept her award. It was in sharp contrast to the 2013 VMAs, when Cyrus twerked and danced shockingly onstage.

"Thank y'all, my name is Jesse and I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving, lost and scared for their lives right now. I know this because I am one of these people," he said, as a teary Cyrus looked on. "Though I may have been invisible to you in the streets, I have a lot of the same dreams that brought many of you here tonight."

Cyrus' decision to let someone else accept her award to promote a cause was reminiscent of Marlon Brando's 1973 Academy Awards best actor win, when he gave a Native American activist the stage rather than accept his Oscar trophy.

The two-hour show was tamer than past VMAs: the most shocking moment was Nicki Minaj's rump-shaking during her performance of "Anaconda" in the show's first minutes and her wardrobe malfunction when she joined Ariana Grande and Jessie J for "Bang, Bang."

"It felt amazing to open the show, and we ran out of time getting the dress zipped up," Minaj said backstage.

Taylor Swift was a crowd favorite when she performed her new single "Shake It Off" in shimmery, fringed shorts and a crop top. She got to the top of the stage, and as her tuxedoed male background dancers stood with their arms wide open waiting for Swift to jump she said, "One second. I don't care if it's the VMAs. I'm not jumping off there."

She continued: "It's all kinds of people getting bitten by snakes. Dangerous."

Grande, who held hands with rapper Big Sean backstage, kicked off the show with a performance of her EDM hit, "Break Free" in a Beyonce-inspired leotard. The 21-year-old won best pop video for her smash single "Problem," but lost best female video to Katy Perry, who won for "Dark Horse."

Perry sported a figure-hugging denim dress and was joined by Riff Raff in a coordinating outfit, mirroring Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears at the 2001 American Music Awards.

The night also featured a serious social message: Rapper-actor Common held a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a police officer on Aug. 9, before he presented the award for best hip-hop video.

"Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change, from Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar," Common said. "Hip-hop has always been presented a voice for the revolution."

Later, a 15-second spot aired alluding to the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, urging viewers to take action to eliminate bias.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced," a quote by author James Baldwin read on the screen.

Lorde won best rock video for "Royals" and Ed Sheeran won best male video, beating out Pharrell, Eminem, John Legend and Sam Smith, who was a show highlight with his smoldering performance of his hit "Stay With Me."

Iggy Azalea and Ora appeared onstage as spider women when they performed their hit "Black Widow," as Swift, Lorde and Charli XCX danced and sang along.

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whatsup August 25 2014 at 3:04 AM

Manufactured crap marketed to impressionable idiots!!!

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gaelach August 25 2014 at 3:21 AM

"Grips the WORLD" ??? What world are you on AOL? WHO writes your copy? Thirteen year olds ? (sticking finger down throat, here)

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Steve August 25 2014 at 3:56 AM

More paid PR placement by those with vested interests in promoting their activities in the media!

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vinsonda August 25 2014 at 4:32 AM

It has gotten to the point where Mr. Carter seems to be pimping out his wife at every turn and the MTV crowd loves every minute of it. The only thing Mrs. Carter has become queen of is queen of porn with some of the outfits she wears fit for the street corner and peddling soft core porn in front of her daughter. She has become a disgusting parody of herself, and for what?

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sbettybooi August 25 2014 at 4:10 AM

Seen enough. A hot mess. Dame Shirley Bassey could blow her off the stage with one note of Goldfinger or her many songs over 60 years. What crap.

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Richard August 25 2014 at 5:48 AM

Grips the world? Genius? Please

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dave August 25 2014 at 5:22 AM

she sucks,they are phonies all the way

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lawrencefishberg August 25 2014 at 5:49 AM

What unbridled garbage....as phony and dumb as her blond extensions....aol is getting paid off.

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siiyayfa August 25 2014 at 3:50 AM

genius? ...huh. Who knew? I guess...move over Mr. DaVinci, Mr. Fermi, Mr. Einstein. You have company now.

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jdsept siiyayfa August 25 2014 at 7:10 AM

In music, that's what it refers to. At least you could have used Ellington, Miles Davis or the Beatles.

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Kate siiyayfa August 25 2014 at 12:36 PM

You don't know the context? AOL is full of superlatives all the time, which gets tiresome, but in the entertainment world, what she had her husband and daughter do could be considered a very smart move. Genius? No, of course not, but definitely not brainless, either.

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Doug August 25 2014 at 5:29 AM

Another "contribution" from black culture.

Yes, and right in front of her own daughter, not to mention all the other young girls in the USA.

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