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article imageReview: The MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) turn 31, lots of great winners

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 25, 2014 in Music
Inglewood - The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) took place on August 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. This marked the 31st annual award ceremony.
Miley Cyrus emerged as the night's biggest winner, capturing the "Video of the Year" category for "Wrecking Ball," whose music video went viral this year, and shattered YouTube records.
For "Best Male Video," Ed Sheeran reigned supreme thanks to "Sing," his collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Last month, Sheeran had played a surprise concert at The Paramount, which he dubbed as one of the best venues in the world, during the same week that his new album reached the top of the Billboard 200 charts.
Pop singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran
Pop singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran
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In the "Best Female Video" category, Katy Perry won for "Dark Horse," her collaboration with Juicy J. This was one of the biggest locks of the evening, especially since Perry is queen of Twitter, having the most followers.
All-female group Fifth Harmony won "MTV Artist to Watch" for "Miss Movin' On," and they performed their single "Boss" at the pre-telecast, which was hosted by Lucy Hale.
Pop group Fifth Harmony
Pop group Fifth Harmony
Courtesy of Epic Records
Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea had no "problem" winning "Best Pop Video" for their duet "Problem," and New Zealand pop superstar Lorde took home the "Best Rock Video" for "Royals," whose song was ubiquitous this year.
The "MTV Clubland Award" category was swept was Zedd and Hayley Williams' "Stay the Night," while Beyonce and Jay-Z won "Best Collaboration" for "Drunk in Love."
Speaking of Beyonce, she also won the prestigious "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" and she performed a medley of her songs, which included "Drunk in Love," "Partition," "Rocket," "No Angel," "Blow" and "Pretty Hurts."
Beyonce's song "Pretty Hurts" won for "Best Cinematography" and for "Best Video with a Social Message."
Taylor Swift had also premiered her new song "Shake It Off" at the live award show this year, which was well-received by fans.
For more on this year's MTV Video Music Awards, visit their official website.
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