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2014 Video Music Awards: Lion, Witch and Wardrobe Malfunctions

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Everything went wild in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday.

Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande perform "Break Free" at the MTV Video Music Awards
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The MTV Video Music Awards were hosted at The Forum, the first time the venue had seen a major award show. The stars were in full force fashion, with Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff causing the most commotion with their homage to the infamous Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake denim outfits.

The show began with a bang as Ariana Grande started out with a space themed performance of her single "Break Free," which then transformed to Nicki Minaj's amazonian performance of "Anaconda." Jessie J then came out and busted out her vocals in the trio's song "Bang Bang." Grande then followed with her verse of the song, and then Minaj came out, but was a bit tied up as her wardrobe had a malfunction of Janet Jackson proportions. Sources such as TMZ say the "Anaconda" singer had ample time to prepare her wardrobe, and the outfit didn't close even during dress rehearsal. If the latter is true, the wardrobe malfunction could have been for shock value, such as Miley Cyrus' foam finger incident of 2013. Whether by accident or PR stunt, Minaj executed the fashion faux pas in a manner fit for Alexander McQueen.

During all of the performances, announcers and awards, few acts seemed to steal the show. One of those was Taylor Swift, who performed her new single from the upcoming album "1989." The performance was a Gatsby-esque show of dancing, swinging, and reaching new heights—literally, as Swift climbed atop a giant lit up 1989.

Also catching attention was the montage of an in memoriam to Robin Williams, and a moment of silence for slain teen Mike Brown, which has garnered attention toward Kim Kardashian and the Jenner sisters, as all three seemed to be texting during the moment of silence.

Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora performed their single "Black Widow" for the first time, this coming just a day prior to Azalea's fall off the stage during a pre-VMA show performing "Fancy" with Charli XCX. Ora and Azalea wowed the crowd sans falls. Another pre-VMA performer who performed for the VMAs, Sam Smith, gave a Grammy worthy performance of his hit single "Stay With Me." The singer kept the theatrics to a minimum, as a piano and his vocals were the only things needed for this artist to shine as one of the best performances of the night.

The biggest award of the year went to none other than foam finger slinging Miley Cyrus for her "Wrecking Ball" video. Cyrus opted out of giving a speech, and instead sent Jesse, who accepted the award. Jesse, gave a speech which shined a light on the population of the "1.6 million homeless youth." Cyrus set up a page on her Facebook where people can donate to My Friend's Place, a homeless center for the youth in Hollywood. Whether it be for her dance antics, or her humanitarian efforts, Cyrus still shines in the VMA headline spotlight.

Perhaps the most anticipated performance of the night came from Beyonce. The "Drunk in Love" artist received the Vanguard Award, which has been given to artists such as Britney Spears. Queen B performed an astounding eighteen minute set, performing from her self-titled surprise album of 2013. The stage was a mix of lights, movement, and visual effects as Beyonce proved to everyone why she deserved the Vanguard Award. The award show ended as husband Jay-Z and daughter Blue Ivy gave Beyonce the award.

While the show may have not been as buzz worthy as the year before, it still provided quite the entertainment, with an almost slip—of something beside tongue, and the audience enjoyed the dance stylings of Ms. Taylor Swift.