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The 8 Most Memorable Moments from the 2014 MTV VMAs

Three words: Beyoncé, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé.

Jay Z and Blue Ivy join Beyoncé onstage at the end of her VMA performance.
Jay Z and Blue Ivy join Beyoncé onstage at the end of her VMA performance.
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Here we are one year after Miley's twerk heard 'round the world, and (surprise!) we as a culture have lived to tweet about it. This year's show wasn't nearly as exciting, but it did bring us a pretty amazing mini Beyoncé concert at the end of the show. From Bey's big set to Miley's big win, here are the highlights from the 2014 Video Music Awards.

#1. Beyoncé Closes the Show

As usual, the VMAs were packed with big name performers, but they were all relegated to opening act status with Queen Bey closing the show. As the recipient of this year's Video Vanguard Award, MTV handed her more than 20 minutes to do her thing on live TV, and she delivered one of the show's most memorable sets ever, taking things to the next level with the dancers for "Drunk in Love," proudly declaring herself a "FEMINIST" in all caps, and nearly bursting into tears as Jay Z and Blue Ivy joined her onstage at the end of her set.

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#2. Blue Ivy Is Awwww-Some

Speaking of Blue Ivy, she charmed the stars at the show as much as the fans at home as she waved and danced during her mom's set.

The 8 Most Memorable Moments from the 2014 MTV VMAs

#3. Lorde Makes VMA History

Lorde made VMA history by becoming the first female in the 30-year history of the show to win the Moonman for Best Rock Video. The 17-year-old delivered a brief-but-excited speech as she was recognized for "Royals," trying unsuccessfully to locate the right camera as she muttered, "Oh s---! Sorry for swearing."

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#4. A Moment of Silence

Before handing out the award for Best Hip-Hop Video, Common took a moment to talk about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ongoing tensions there. "Hip-hop has always been a voice of the revolution," he said before asking everyone to participate in a moment of silence.

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#5. Katy Perry & Riff Raff Channel Britney & Justin

Katy Perry and Riff Raff went tacky for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, wearing matching bedazzled head-to-toe denim outfits as an homage to Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. On Twitter, Katy explained, "I must admit my outfit is a result of my love for nostalgia and my tumblr addiction." And she copped to trolling the Fashion Police, "WE'RE GOIN FOR DA BEST WORST DRESSED TODAY."

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#6. That Opening Number

Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and Jessie J opened the show by mashing up "Anaconda," "Break Free," and "Bang Bang" for a memorable medley that involved two costumes each for Ariana and Nicki. Unfortunately for Nicki, her quick-change resulted in a wardrobe malfunction. But with her costume looking like it was falling apart onstage, Nicki walked out holding it together like she meant to wear it this way.

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj at the VMAs.
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj at the VMAs.
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#7. Taylor Swift Shakes It Off

Taylor Swift and Lorde have forged one of the most unexpected and adorable friendships in pop music, leading to a very excited-looking Lorde to introduce Swift's performance of "Shake It Off." With jumping, running, dancers, a giant "1989" set piece, and non-stop shaking, Swift knows how to get the most out of a few minutes of live air.

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#8. Miley Goes Subdued This Year

Love it or hate it, Miley Cyrus' performance at last year's VMAs was one of 2013's defining pop culture moments. So naturally all eyes were on her this year, but anyone looking for the next big controversy was sadly disappointed. Miley went tame this year, even when she won the night's biggest award, Video of the Year, for "Wrecking Ball." She could have taken the stage to stick her tongue out and say something like, "The haterz don't mean a thing! WOOO!" But instead she sent someone to accept the award for her — a young man named Jesse, who accepted the award on behalf of teen runaways and homeless youth. 

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